Project profile — Yellen - Rights and Innovations in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Kayes Region of Mali


CHUM - Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CA-CRA_ACR-3874294499)
2020-04-06 - 2025-02-28
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (25.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (25.00%)
Family planning (13030) (25.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal 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)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• 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)


The Yellen project - meaning 'light' in Bambara - works to enable women and adolescent girls in Kayes, one of the poorest and most underserved regions in Mali, to benefit from quality health services by improving their knowledge, increasing their decision-making power and their ability to influence their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The project proposes an innovative model of collaboration to harmonize the work of health service actors at the state, civil society (especially women's groups) and decentralized community levels. Project activities include: (1) supporting Mali's Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in the implementation of the Social Health Development Programme, specifically improving sexual and reproductive health and rights; (2) providing training and equipping health workers to deliver quality services that meet the specific needs of women and adolescent girls; and (3) constructing and rehabilitating community health centres and providing equipment and inputs for the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and emergency obstetric care. The project aims to reach more than 540,000 women and adolescents. Management teams from three regional directorates (health, social development and solidarity economy, and promotion of women, children and family) and seven health districts from the Kayes region are also beneficiaries. Overall, the project is expected to reach 1,255,944 people from Kayes, dispersed in 951 villages, focusing on 300 villages.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased decision-making power of women and adolescent girls and women on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning; (2) increased provision of quality sexual and reproductive health and rights services that meet the needs expressed by women and adolescent girls, including care related to gender-based violence and family planning; and (3) improved leadership of the regional government structure and district leadership teams in defending sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence.

Results achieved 

Results achieved up to March 31, 2023 include: (1) 18 committees of women health service users trained in leadership, community health, gender equality, combating gender-based violence, family planning, sexual and reproductive health rights and communication; (2) 30 husband schools created to allow married men, identified by the communities, to find solutions to improve access to health services for women and children and to promote gender equality; (3) 47 local and communal committees strengthened on the orientation and monitoring of gender-based violence to raise awareness as well as identify and manage cases of gender-based violence; (4) 109 people (including 10 women) trained in maternal and neonatal death audits; and (5) 28 social-health teams trained in the intervention districts in collecting and analyzing data disaggregated by sex and age.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $3,221,976
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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