Our work in Mali

Persistent insecurity has deteriorated the national health system

An MSF nurse checks the file of a child in the transitional care unit of the nutrition section.
Mali 2019 © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF
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How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Mali

In Bamako, we ended our COVID-19 support to the Ministry of Health’s inpatient care facility in February due to decreasing case numbers. We continue to strengthen outpatient activities, such as improving dedicated COVID-19 patient flow and triage areas in health centers, medical follow up of COVID-19-positive patients at home, and raising awareness.

What is happening in Mali?

In 2019, spiraling violence in central and northern Mali continued to disrupt public services, restricting people’s movements, and preventing them from obtaining medical assistance.

How we're helping in Mali

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working around the country to improve access to health care in both rural communities and urban areas. Learn how you can best help in Mali and other countries.

consultations in 2019
vaccinations in 2019
treated for malaria

Responding to a growing crisis in central Mali 

Insecurity in central Mali has reached an unprecedented level, with an increase in clashes between the military and non-state armed groups, together with a rise in intercommunal violence. In March 2019, 160 people were killed in an attack allegedly perpetrated by a militia group, sparking a cycle of violent reprisals in the region.


MSF projects in Mali

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We have teams working in Douentza and Ténenkou hospitals in Mopti region, and organizing referrals from surrounding rural areas. In the area surrounding Douentza, we worked in three health centers and implemented a community-based program to provide health care in 26 sites in villages most affected by violence.  Around Ténenkou, we deployed mobile teams to around 40 villages to deliver general health care to nearly 15,000 patients. We expanded our activities in Koro, Bandiagara, and Bankass to assist some of the people most affected by the escalating violence in the region, providing them with general health care, mental health support and relief items, such as blankets. In June, we opened a new program dedicated to women and children under 15 in Niono, in Segou region. In addition to supporting the maternity and pediatric units at Niono hospital, we work in five outlying health centers. In 2019, we conducted 4,590 outpatient consultations.

Bringing health care closer to nomadic communities in the north

In Ansongo, Gao region, and in Kidal, north of Gao, we ensure that health care is available to nomadic communities by training community health workers to diagnose and treat the most common diseases affecting pregnant women and children under five. In 2019, our teams worked in 62 nomadic camps in Kidal and Ansongo regions. 

We also have teams in a hospital and four health centers in Ansongo, providing medical care and psychological support for victims of violence, and in six health centers in and around Kidal. Please donate to support our work in Mali and other countries around the world now.

Caring for cancer patients in Bamako

Since November 2018, we have been working with the Ministry of Health in Bamako to facilitate access to diagnosis and treatment (radiotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy) of cervical and breast cancer. In order to assist patients receiving treatment in the capital’s Point G University Hospital, most of whom are in the advanced stages of the disease, with few or no treatment options, we run free palliative care and support services in both the hospital and their homes. In 2019, we also trained health care staff and carried out rehabilitation works at the hospital in partnership with the health authorities.

Ten years of child health care in Koutiala

In the south, we support nutrition and pediatric services at Koutiala hospital through our newly built 185-bed pediatric care unit. Our teams also conduct preventive and curative activities in 36 health centers, especially during the seasonal malaria and malnutrition peaks. During the year, they conducted a total of 165,000 outpatient consultations.