Support to Maternal and Neonatal Evacuation in the District of Kayes

Reporting Organization:Government of Mali - Ministry of Health
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 14,000,000
Timeframe: February 2, 2012 - December 31, 2019
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Government of Mali - Ministry of Health

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mali - $ 14,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (55 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (25 %)

Health Promotion & Education (5 %)

Primary Health Care (5 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (10 %)

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This pilot project aims to contribute to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in four districts of the Kayes region. It supports the Government of Mali with the implementation of its Health and Social Development Plan (PRODESS), specifically to improve Maternal and Neonatal Health. The project is designed to complete the integrated community-level health system thereby strengthening the referral and evacuation plan, including the transport of pregnant women from villages to community health centres. The project comprises two complementary components: The first component takes the form of direct financial support to the four selected district authorities through the Regional Health Directorate. It aims to make new resources available for upgrading or building new health units, ensuring key services are available (e.g. emergency obstetric care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS), having appropriate transportation in place, and ensuring availability and quality of qualified personnel, medicines and medical supplies. The second component is providing technical assistance by a Canadian support agency to assist the four districts with the implementation of their operational plans. It aims to help the local communities to get organized in order to set up in their villages a system to effectively reduce the delay in getting women in labour to the health centre. This component also contributes to strengthening the capacity of the local structures to plan and manage human and financial resources as well as to monitoring results. Part of the resources of this pilot project are being dedicated for the analysis of the results and the development and implementation of a results-dissemination strategy designed to inform the possible scaling up of this initiative. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Newborns
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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1 Situation analysis completed
1 Study completed
109 Community health centres inspected
5 Regional hospitals inspected
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2016: (1) One situation analysis was completed by three social and health teams made up of representatives of the three regional health, social development and advancement of women directorates, with the help of the Canadian Support Agency; (2) Of the 1,377 identified service providers, 7 were selected to take part in implementing the project; 109 community health centres and 5 regional hospitals were inspected to assess their rehabilitation and construction needs; 716 rural credit unions were identified in the five districts, of which only 12 contribute to the evacuation of mothers; (3) The basic information for a communication strategy is therefore available and health officers have hosted talks and participated in radio programs to raise the community’s awareness of the risks inherent in evacuation delays; (4) A study on men’s involvement was completed and released; (5) The bid document for the purchase of medical equipment, motorbike ambulances and vehicles to supervise community health centres was prepared by the regional health directorate to contract intensively in 2016–2017; (6) Capacity-building needs have been identified, particularly in health information management, planning, monitoring maternal-health standards and procedures (including maternal mortality audits), gender equality and health system management


  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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