Basic Health Care and Nutrition for Mothers and Children (SESAME)

Reporting Organization:UNICEF
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 20,000,000
Timeframe: November 5, 2012 - June 30, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mali - $ 20,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Infectious & Communicable Diseases (42 %)

Nutrition (40 %)

Primary Health Care (10 %)

Sexual Health & Rights (8 %)

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The goal of this project is to help strengthen the detection, treatment, and prevention of acute malnutrition and to help combat some of the major causes of child mortality, through immunization and improved care at the community level. The project aims to support the provision of basic health services, contribute to the response to the nutrition crisis in Mali, and ensure that the Malian population has access to vaccines and essential drugs. The project involves establishing a mechanism for active detection and treatment of severely malnourished children at the community level; promoting adequate nutrition for infants and young children; as well as ensuring the timely supply of vaccines included in the national immunization program. Additionally, the project includes providing refrigerators to community health centers for vaccine storage, ensuring timely supply of medicines for essential care at the community level, and distributing light medical equipment to community health centres. This project is part of Canada’s maternal, newborn, and child health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 920,484
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include : (1) severely malnourished children are identified at the community level, managed and monitored, integrating the consideration of equality between girls and boys; (2) the expanded program on immunization is implemented in communities targeted by the project; and (3) health centres located in communities targeted by this project have built their capacity to fight deadly childhood diseases and to meet basic obstetric needs.

Achieved Results

Results achieved at the end of the project (December 2015): (1) 58,189 cases of malaria were treated by community health workers in 2015 (versus 55,554 in 2014); (2) 35,332 cases of pneumonia were treated by community health workers in 2015 (versus 26,035 in 2014); (3) 826,963 children aged 6 to 59 months were screened in the villages of 12 health districts, in the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Segou, Mopti and Bamako, by community officers and outreach workers in 2015 (e.g., children suffering from severe malnutrition), compared to 55,000 in 2014.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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