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.

Pharmaceutical Management


Across Mali, warehouses, health facilities, and community- based providers faced frequent stock-outs of lifesaving medicines. Managers lacked the regular, reliable information they needed to manage inventories.The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, implemented by MSH, helped the Ministry of Health design and roll out an early warning system: a web-based dashboard that captures, aggregates, tracks, and reports real-time information on essential maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, HIV, and nutrition commodities, and on the patients who need them. After three years, 98 percent of facilities and warehouses were regularly reporting data, and stock-outs in 32 warehouses were cut by more than half. The dashboard, now also introduced in Guinea and South Sudan, improves forecasting and planning, prevents stock-outs, and ensures that commodities are used before they expire.

Our Projects

Project Name Health Systems Health Areas Date
Debbo Alafia Consortium Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health 2014 - 2019
The Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program Pharmaceutical Management, Global Health Security 2018 - 2023
African Strategies for Health
Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services Malaria, Tuberculosis, Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health, HIV & AIDS 2011 - 2016
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 Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health 2016 - 2017
Overcoming barriers to care: Research study to inform policy on care for survivors of sexual violence in Mali
Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health 2017 - 2018

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