Mali is located in Western Africa. The Sahara Desert makes up 60 per cent of the land and the majority of the population lives in the south, where there is more rainfall.
“We have reached or exceeded our preliminary targets in each of our programming areas and Plan has been invited to sit on a number of important policy frameworks in the areas of education, health and protection." Michelet William, Country Director, Plan Mali
It is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than half of Mali's 15 million inhabitants live in extreme poverty and the life expectancy for an adult is just 50 years. Soil erosion is a real problem, as most of the population relies on subsistence farming to survive. The country also suffers from deforestation and an inadequate supply of drinking water.
Plan has been working in Mali since 1976, and is currently running long-term development projects with almost 300 villages.
We are improving child and maternal health by supporting health authorities to provide vaccinations, de-worming medicines and mosquito nets. Plan is providing training to community health workers, as well as building and equipping new health centres. We are also helping communities to keep public areas clean, by constructing sanitation facilities like drinking fountains, and advising communities on safe waste disposal.
Children are at the heart of Plan's work, which is why we are supporting local councils to prioritise the needs of young people. By working with the government to develop policies that protect children's rights and prohibit harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, Plan is helping to ensure that children get a better start in life. In addition, we're working to improve children's confidence, social and emotional wellbeing, and life-skills by setting up youth groups and children's clubs.
Plan is also supporting the Malian government’s school improvement programme by establishing nursery schools, improving facilities such as wells, latrines and libraries, and training teachers. By providing scholarships, we are helping to fight gender discrimination in Mali and working to ensure that more girls are able to get a decent education and fulfil their potential.
Find out more about the Plan for girls in Mali.
Recent highlights of Plan’s work
- Helped build 32 toilet blocks in primary schools
- Given 884 training sessions to communities on malaria prevention
- Built five birthing centres
- Trained 8,653 people in child rights and protection
- Given remedial classes to 3,560 children who had fallen behind in their studies
- Trained 1,392 savings groups with 30,099 members