Mali

Access to medical care remains very limited in the north and centre of Mali due to a lack of medical staff and supplies and spiralling violence between armed groups.

MSF works across Mali to assist the most vulnerable people. We are responding to the growing crisis in the central region, providing healthcare to nomadic communities in the north and caring for cancer patients in Bamako, the capital.

We also support nutrition and paediatric services in the southern Koutiala district. 

MSF medical tent in Mali

MSF medical tent for the internally displaced people of Talataye. September 2022. © MSF/Lamine Keita

MSF in Mali

The humanitarian situation deteriorated in Mali in 2022, as clashes between armed groups and military forces intensified, causing new waves of displacement.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ran a wide range of services in Mali, responding to the needs of people injured or displaced by violence, and working to improve the availability of healthcare in Ansongo, Douentza, Ténenkou, Koutiala, Koro, Kidal, Timbuktu, Niafounké and Niono. Activities included general, paediatric and women’s healthcare, nutrition support and emergency surgery.

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Our activities in 2022

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Highlights of our activities in Mali in 2022

MSF ran a wide range of services in Mali, responding to the needs of people injured or displaced by violence, and working to improve the availability of healthcare in Ansongo, Douentza, Ténenkou, Koutiala, Koro, Kidal, Timbuktu, Niafounké and Niono. Activities included general, paediatric and women’s healthcare, nutrition support and emergency surgery.

As well as supporting health centres and hospitals, we aim to make healthcare more accessible by expanding community-based activities. In 2022, we built two community-based health centres in Niono and scaled up our support in Nampala, where we focus on the provision of medical and malnutrition care, and mental health support for victims of violence, pregnant women and children under 15 years old.

In Ténenkou district, as insecurity issues prevented our teams from running mobile clinics, we relied on 33 community-based health workers to maintain basic healthcare in the district. When malaria transmission was at its peak in the rainy season, 82 MSF-trained community health workers provided testing and treatment for the disease.  

In Gourma, Timbuktu region, we also launched community-based activities, including treatment for malaria and malnutrition for people who otherwise would have no access to healthcare, mainly due to the distance they would have to travel to reach health facilities and the current security situation.

In Koutiala district, we continued to run our large paediatric and nutrition programme. In 2022, we also implemented a new mobile application called Antibiogo, to help facilitate the diagnosis of antibiotic resistance and enable doctors to prescribe the most adequate antibiotics accordingly. In the capital, Bamako, we continued to support the Ministry of Health to tackle breast and cervical cancers by facilitating access to screening, diagnosis and treatment.

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