Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Mali

Red Cross volunteers in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health training (Diarrabougou, Mali).

Activities

The Mali Red Cross is working with communities and relevant ministries to:

  • Train Community Health Workers to assess, treat and refer children, ensuring key village-level health services.
  • Train Ministry of Health (MoH) staff, Community Health Workers and their supervisors in: integrated Community Case Management protocols, minimum intervention packages (appropriate to their intervention level), critical-case signs for malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection, and maternal and neonatal care.
  • Train Red Cross volunteers (Relais) in Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA).
  • Provide Community Health Workers with pharmaceutical kits to increase village-level access to life-saving medications.
  • Support MoH to deliver proven, high-impact, cost-effective interventions, with a complementary focus on improved community capacity to prevent illness and seek health services for mothers, newborns and children.
  • Train Community Health Workers to conduct behaviour-change communication and health education, promoting key MNCH messages on malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, neonatal and maternal care.
  • Establish/reinforce community structures to ensure accountability and sustainability.
  • Train MoH staff to supervise Community Health Workers and ensure proper stock management.

Expected Results

Through the implementation of the project, it is expected that:

  • Reduction in mortality and morbidity for children under the age of five years old is sustained.
  • Community-level treatment-seeking behaviours are improved.
  • Life-saving interventions and service-use is improved and increased, addressing the critical childhood illnesses: malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
  • The Mali Red Cross role in supporting the MoH to deliver community-level MNCH services is improved.
  • Community-level use of MNCH services and preventative practices is increased.
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