MALNOURISHED CHILDREN TREATED
MOTHERS TRAINED TO SCREEN MALNUTRITION
The security situation in Mali’s northern regions remains unstable. Since 2012, clashes between armed groups have caused populations to be displaced both within Mali and to neighboring countries.
Access to health care remains limited due to a lack of human, material and financial resources within health care structures. At least 40% of the population lives more than three miles from an operational health center. Even when these services are available, the quality of care and the number of people seeking care (0.33 per inhabitant per year) is still low..
Malaria is one of the leading causes of mortality. According to WHO, 90% of Malians live in high-transmission zones. High levels of malnutrition also affect the country. In 2015, the overall malnutrition level was recorded at 12.4%, with moderate acute malnutrition levels at 9.6% and severe acute malnutrition levels at 2.8%.
Since 2011, ALIMA has been working alongside AMCP, Alliance Médicale Contre le Paludisme, a Malian NGO working to improve access to health care and to reduce malaria-related deaths.
In the Timbuktu region, ALIMA and AMCP provide support in the Diré and Goundam districts for 35 community health centers and two referral health centers with operating room support, to ensure access to free health care. In the referral hospital in Goundam, the medical teams updated the operating room and in the Goundam district, medical teams travel by mobile clinic to provide care and distribute potable water to displaced populations.
In 2016, ALIMA’s medical team provided more than 165,825 consultations, 6,040 hospitalizations, 3,755 deliveries and 535 surgical interventions in this region.
In the Koulikoro region, ALIMA and its partners are working to lower infant mortality related to the deadliest diseases such as malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, and malnutrition. The ALIMA/AMCP teams also support 111 community health centers and six referral health centers. During the rainy season, malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaigns were organized to prevent malaria. WHO demonstrated that the administration of this anti-malaria treatment at monthly intervals during the rainy period protects 75% of children under five against uncomplicated and severe malaria cases. Additionally, more than 60,000 patients with malaria, 3,500 of whom were hospitalized, were treated.
In the southern city of Dioïla, ALIMA opened a Intensive Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit and school to train Malian health care providers in the inpatient treatment of complicated severe acute malnutrition. This project trained 169 nurses and doctors in 2016.