November 04, 2010

"Patience, conviction and determination are required:" Mali's aim to improve health care access

Cheickna Touré

Mali aims to improve access to health care through a strategy to extend community based health insurance, or mutuelles, to 80% of Malians who lack health coverage. As part of peer sharing opportunities provided to MLI countries, officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development, civil society representatives and political leaders from Mali (along with colleagues from fellow MLI country, Senegal) participated in a study tour to Rwanda to observe its experiences with scaling up mutuelles nationwide. Cheickna Touré, Deputy Director of L’Union Technique de la Mutualité Malienne (UTM) reflects on key lessons from Rwanda he hopes can aid Mali in its endeavor to provide health care access to the country’s poor populations.

October 26, 2010

Photo blog: "Mali was a trip like no other country"

John Donnelly

In this third of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Mali, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health’s efforts, with MLI assistance, to expand a community-based health insurance plan called mutuelles:

"Mali was a trip like no other country in the sense there was such a push for the mutuelles, providing health insurance for people who really need it. It was interesting to see people in the Health Ministry all talk about the same trip they took to Rwanda to see what Rwanda had done in expanding health insurance to almost the whole population."

September 21, 2010

From Mali: `We have a lot of control now’

John Donnelly

Part seven of the 8-part series In the Driver’s Seat: A Series on Country Ownership of Health Programs. Dr. Salif Samake is Director of Planning and Statistics for Mali’s Health Ministry.

Q: How important is country ownership of health programs in Mali?

A: To me, country ownership is crucial to achieve the development goals. All the support given by partners should help the country become better organized and conduct its own development. Countries cannot be just a place to capture support for donor countries and move on their agenda.

September 14, 2010 (All day)

Welcome to our new blog

Rosann Wisman

Welcome to our new blog, Leading Global Health. This week, we are featuring a series of stories rarely told, yet critical to the developing world: the growing importance of leaders in Ministries of Health.

When the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) began three years ago, we thought about country leadership development mainly in terms of tailored approaches to training and capacity building for leaders in Ministries of Health – especially the Ministers themselves.

April 26, 2010 (All day)

Tipping Points in Mali

John Donnelly

I have been traveling in Mali to look at a community-based health insurance scheme called "mutuelles" - a cooperative system in which members contribute dues and the government will be matching those dues, creating an insurance pool in mostly rural areas. During my reporting, I came across two moments that seemed to give momentum to this nationwide launch of the insurance plan.

As published in Global Health Magazine, April 26, 2010.