Mali Program Focus

In Mali, MLI works closely with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development to put in place critical health financing reforms to improve access to health care for the country’s whole population. With support and technical assistance from MLI, Mali has developed and is piloting a strategy to scale up community-based health insurance, or “mutuelles”, nationally. MLI is also working with the Reproductive Health (RH) Division and other senior ministerial leaders to build a stronger evidence base within the Ministry in order to boost reproductive health outcomes and make progress towards achieving MDG 5. MLI’s activities in Mali include:

  • Universal Health Coverage by providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Development to develop and pilot the national strategic plan to expand health mutuelles nationwide and provide financial access to health care for 80% of the currently uninsured population. The decision by the Government of Mali to formulate a national strategic plan for the expansion of mutuelles was informed by the participation of ministry representatives, civil society, and locally elected leaders in an MLI-sponsored study tour to Rwanda, one of the few African countries to successfully scale up community-based health insurance nationwide. 
  • Communications by supporting the development and implementation of a mutuelles communication campaign strategy to inform communities about the basic package of covered health services, with an emphasis on the availability of preventive health services, including family planning.
  • Reproductive Health by supporting the RH Division in the Ministry of Health, civil society representatives, and technical and financial partners to use evidence more effectively to influence RH Policy. Activities have included organizing a policy dialogue and technical working session to review and disseminate findings from evaluations conducted on Mali’s free care policies, as well as a situation analysis of transportation barriers affecting women’s access to critical RH services.
  • Leadership and Negotiations Training to reinforce both individual and institutional competencies and better position senior ministry officials to successfully develop the new ten year social and health development plan for Mali (PDDSS, 2010-2021) and monitor the implementation of the ambitious goals outlined in the Ministry’s five-year social and health development program (PRODESS, 2012-2016), aimed at improving the coordination and harmonization of sustainable health and social development policy.

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    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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