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.

April 23, 2010 (All day)

Universal Health Access: Mali's Goal

John Donnelly

Siribala, Mali - In this village 200 miles north of the capital Bamako, Femakan Sissoko, 64, stands as a symbol of what Mali wants for all its citizens.


Last year, Sissoko joined a cooperative called a "mutuelle," which for a relatively small fee would provide him and his 14 family members health insurance for the next year. Sissoko couldn't sign up fast enough.

As published in Global Health Magazine, April 23, 2010.

April 14, 2010

Why Aminata did not die in vain

Dr. Samuel A.S. Kargbo

The death of Aminata Marah in childbirth was a wake-up call for Dr Samuel A.S. Kargbo. Sierra Leone's reproductive health minister tells of the steps he has taken to try to ensure no such tragedy happens again.

As published in The Guardian on April 14, 2010.

January 11, 2010

MLI Voice: Senegal

Ndack Ly

MLI is working with the Ministry of Health and Prevention in Senegal to refine its health sector-wide approach (SWAP) and to develop new formulas for allocating resources to the district and hospital levels. As a part of the 2009 action plan, two studies were undertaken around these focus areas and the reports are currently in the validation phase. Two separate delegations undertook study tours in 2009 in order to learn more about the sector-wide approach and resource allocation criteria: to Mali in August and to Rwanda in October. Each mission had different exchanges and priorities; however, we drew some major conclusions and learned lessons that will help the Ministry with its progress on the reforms underway in Senegal.

December 07, 2009

MLI Voice: Ethiopia

Rahel Gizaw

Honorable Minister Tedros recently expressed his appreciation for MLI, stating, “Although Ethiopia is a country with a significant number of donors, one thing that drew our attention to MLI is its emphasis in building the management and leadership capacity of the Ministry.”


With support from MLI, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Ethiopia has begun working to scale up and implement the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) throughout the entire health sector. The BSC is a tool for planning, monitoring and managing health sector development activities efficiently and effectively in order to positively impact health sector goals. There is a strong and urgent commitment on behalf of the FMOH to use the BSC as the planning and monitoring tool for the new health sector development plan (HSDPIV) to be launched in 2010.