Project profile — Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Complex Contexts in Mali


- 2020-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (15.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (15.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (35.00%)
Health education (12261) (8.00%)
• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (7.00%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (16.00%)
• Basic drinking water supply:
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (2.00%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (2.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project builds on a previous project that supported the Malian Red Cross’ efforts towards the Government of Mali’s plans to reduce maternal and child mortality in the regions of Koulikoro and Sikasso. The delivery of health services in times of stability as well as in times of emergency is critical in Mali where there are significant governance and security challenges and where there are low levels of economic and social development. Project activities include: (1) raising awareness in communities on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services available and ways to prevent illness through proper hygiene and sanitation; (2) training professional and community health workers, including volunteers, in the delivery and promotion of MNCH services; (3) training health staff in improved MNCH delivery, covering aspects such as management of service delivery, supervision of health workers, and procurement of medicines and supplies; (4) training health staff to collect, analyse and use administrative MNCH data to plan for improved MNCH service delivery and improved health outcomes; and, (5) equipping health facilities with essential supplies and equipment. This project is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 1.1 million women, men, adolescents, children and newborns in Mali. In addition, approximately 3.2 million adults and children are expected to benefit indirectly from this project. This project is implemented through a consortium led by the Canadian Red Cross Society with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto; and in collaboration with the local partner, the Malian Red Cross.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five throughout stability and emergencies; (2) improved utilization of essential health services and preventative practices by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five throughout stability and emergencies; and (3) increased use of essential MNCH data by MNCH decision makers.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) community health workers (CHWs) were able to treat simple cases of diarrhea, malaria, acute respiratory infections and malnutrition in children under the age of 5; they treated 23,312 cases of diarrhea, 128,332 cases of malaria and 26,039 cases of pneumonia, compared with targets of 26,000 cases of diarrhea, 88,000 cases of malaria and 23,000 cases of pneumonia; (2) 51,633 newborns received a home visit by CHWs within 48 hours of their birth, compared with a target of 54,500; (3) 27.91% of women in Koulikoro and 23.42% of women in Sikasso met with a pregnancy-related care provider at least 4 times; and (4) 52.06% of live births in Koulikoro and 77.2% of live births in Sikasso were assisted by qualified health personnel.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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