Project profile — Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Mali - Response to COVID-19


Canadian Red Cross (CA-CRA_ACR-3119219814)
2020-08-07 - 2022-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (14.25%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (14.25%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (33.25%)
Health education (12261) (7.60%)
• Health: COVID-19 control (12264) (5.00%)
• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (6.65%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (15.20%)
• Basic drinking water supply:
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (1.90%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (1.90%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• 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 (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (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. This project is providing additional funds in response to the immediate needs of the COVID-19 pandemic to support the national health system efforts, while safeguarding the provision of critical reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services for women and girls. Project activities include: (1) training health staff and community health workers in targeted areas of Sikasso to safely and effectively respond to epidemics, especially COVID-19; (2) rehabilitating and/or installing water sanitation and hygiene facilities in targeted health facilities/communities in Sikasso; (3) installing hand washing stations in highly vulnerable communities and high-risk areas such as markets, churches, mosques, borders entry points; (4) providing Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) materials and personal protection equipment to health centers/integrated community case management ( iCCM) sites in Sikasso to effectively prevent COVID-19; (5) adapting current communication strategies, including radiobroadcasting messages, to demystify rumours and provide information on prevention, protection and coping practices related to COVID-19; (6) delivering targeted communication for couples, pregnant women, adolescents, the elderly and disabled through household visits and community demonstrations by Red Cross volunteers, community health workers and gender champions accompanied by religious leaders and community health associations; (7) providing adapted psycho-social support to Covid-19 patients and their relatives in Sikasso; (8) training and supervising staff and volunteers on early warning and case detection through contact tracing to strengthen community-based surveillance; and (9) updating the Malian Red Cross Preparedness for Effective Response Assessment to identify and correct gaps and areas that need strengthening, including supporting women’s participation as decision-makers in the response, and support the implementation of prioritized actions, including linking to and operationalization of Malian Red Cross Emergency Operations Centre. A consortium led by the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and collaboration with the local partner and the Malian Red cross implemented this project. The activities of the COVID-19 response in the two districts of Sikasso (Sikasso and Kadiolo) will reach a total of 386,526 direct beneficiaries (including 194,848 females) as well as 646,472 indirect beneficiaries (including 325,887 females).

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 the end of the project (May 2022) include : (1) trained 1,614 employees and volunteers (960 women and 654 men) on psychosocial support tailored to COVID 19 patients and their families in Mali; (2) trained 375 health workers (302 women and 73 men) to respond safely to epidemics, especially COVID 19, out of a targeted 378 workers; (3) constructed 17 boreholes and 2 large handwashing stations out of a targeted 16 boreholes and 2 large handwashing stations; (4) distributed 739 personal protective equipment kits and 276 Thermos flasks out of a targeted 263 personal protective equipment kits; (5) provided 1,720 volunteers and employees, out of a targeted 1,149, with training on COVID 19 and associated risks, teaching them such things as effective communication approaches to ensure community engagement; and (6) informed 594,362 people (231,786 women, 327,446 men, 28,025 seniors and 7,105 persons with disabilities) about COVID-19, out of a targeted 473,770 people.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
09-03-2023 Disbursement $94,352
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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