Mali Health’s mission is to reduce maternal and child mortality in resource-poor communities in West Africa. To achieve this, Mali Health implements replicable programs that improve access to quality primary care at low costs, while increasing the capacity of and participation in local health systems.
We envision a world where health systems can meet the basic needs of the poor and eliminate preventable death, effectively treat disease, and enhance self-efficacy and dignity for mothers and children.
1) We work to overcome barriers in the workplace, in the field, and in the cultural and political landscapes, achieving success through unremitting dedication.
2) We invest in local resource development, particularly among our staff and field workers.
3) We hold ourselves accountable for measurable results, including financial performance.
4) We leverage innovation, addressing existing causes of poor health through new frameworks.
5) We empower the poor, particularly women, as a catalyst and complement for lasting change.
6) We concentrate on supporting marginalized populations, expanding the zones of social and financial inclusion.
The Mali Health Organizing Project (Mali Health) was founded in 2007 to leverage local capacity in order to foster innovative approaches to sustainable health change. We believe that:
Communities should lead the way in health change.
Communities know best what they need, and health programs should be based on the knowledge and assets that exist in a community. Ownership by local staff, partners, and constituents is crucial. Through capacity building, collaboration, and mobilizing, communities can address health issues and take control of their own future.
Improving health requires addressing the causes of poor health.
Achieving good health means addressing the underlying causes of poor health, such as poverty, unclean water, and limited sanitation. If other basic needs are not met, health will continue to suffer.
Sustainable health change requires sustainable health systems.
One-time health services are not enough– services must be supported and expanded through a public sector that invests in health centers, clinics, hospitals, and health providers to be sustainable. Non-governmental organizations can bolster these systems through additional support.
Additional resources are essential to improving global health.
Per capita government spending on health care in Mali is $4. While the health system requires a greater allocation of resources from the government, there is also ground to be gained by simply addressing the gap between what the poor can afford and what health system currently provides.
Health is Just the Beginning
Watch this brief video to see how our programs benefit real people in Sikoro: