Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Mali

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


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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