According to a National Survey conducted in 2013 in five regions of Mali, the prevalence of chronic malnutrition varied between 21% in the capital Bamako, and up to 47% in Mopti. It is with the aim of improving some of these challenges that the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is engaged in various health related projects in the Mopti and Djenne areas.
Access to quality health care
In response to the high infant mortality rate in Mopti, AKF helped establish 100 rural maternities, built by the villagers, with the assistance of the Foundation, which supplied the architect and master mason. Training was provided to a number of local masons and craftsmen. In addition, 470 latrines and wells were installed. These rural maternity health centres, staffed by over 100 community health workers trained by AKF, certified by the Ministry of Health and paid for by the community, have had an immediate positive impact on infant and maternal mortality.
Collection of health data
The M-health project has set up a system to collect health related data by SMS from rural clinics and hospitals to Regional health authorities. In addition, an e-learning system has been put in place to ensure ongoing training of rural staff, by the Bamako Faculty of Medicine.
Improved hygiene and nutrition