Women's and Girls' Health and Rights
Communities in the Mopti region of central Mali continue to grapple with widespread gender inequality, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), including female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as forced and early marriage and other harmful practices. As such practices are deeply rooted in the cultural, religious, economic, and social heritage of Mopti, ending them requires strong and concerted community engagement and action.
The FCI Program of MSH is mobilizing leaders and communities in Mopti to advance women's and girls' health and rights. In partnership with the Malian non-governmental organization Conseils et Appui pour l'Education à la Base (CAEB, Advice and Support for Basic Education in English), the FCI Program of MSH leads the Debbo Alafia Consortium of multi-sectoral, national, and international implementing partners to carry out social and behavior change activities and to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As women and girls in the North and surrounding regions remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), the FCI Program of MSH is investigating the barriers that deter SGBV survivors from accessing care. Using the findings from this study, the FCI Program of MSH will bring together local actors to develop advocacy and program strategies to reduce these barriers to care. The FCI Program also works with trained community volunteers to refer SGBV survivors to free medical, psychosocial, and legal support services and trains health center staff on providing respectful, confidential, and safe care to survivors of SGBV.
In Mali, key health commodities such as anti-malarials, family planning commodities, and other essential medicines are frequently unavailable at various levels of the health system; yet, government, donors and technical partners often lack data on medicines to inform planning. The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) works to assure the availability of quality commodities and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes. Adopting a systems strengthening approach consistent with the Global Health Initiative, as well as Mali's National Health Development Strategy (PRODESS), the project works to strengthen data collection and management for decision-making, pharmaceutical supply management, pharmaceutical sector governance, and finance mechanisms to improve access to medicines.
|Project Name||Health Systems||Health Areas||Date|
|Debbo Alafia Consortium||Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health||2014 - 2019|
|Overcoming barriers to care: Research study to inform policy on care for survivors of sexual violence in Mali||Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health||2017 - 2018|
|Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program||Pharmaceutical Management, Financing Health Services, Global Health Security||Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV & AIDS, Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health||2011 - 2018|
Prevention and response to gender-based violence in Mopti and Douentza, Mali
|Leadership, Management & Governance||2014 - 2016|
Building local capacity to provide holistic services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Mali
|Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health||2016 - 2017|
African Strategies for Health
|Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services||Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV & AIDS||2011 - 2016|