The Council’s research in Mauritania has focused on a rich variety of topics in both reproductive health and adolescent health. The Council provided technical assistance toward developing a cost-effective, multisectoral initiative to improve the reproductive health of girls and boys aged 10–19, comprising school-, clinic-, and community-based interventions. The Council also contributed to a large-scale initiative to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) with particular emphasis on making the intervention sustainable by reaching out to key stakeholders and building local institutional capacity. Mauritania is one of the countries included in the Council’s campaign to re-integrate the female and male condom into national reproductive health and HIV programs.
Highlights of past and present work
- Identified strategies for re-integrating both the female and male condom into the national reproductive health and HIV and AIDS programs of Mauritania and multiple other West African countries.
- Developed and tested the feasibility, effectiveness, and cost of a multisectoral model comprising school-, clinic- and community-based interventions to improve the reproductive health of young boys and girls.
- Promoted evidence-based strategies for abandoning the harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with USAID's "Special Initiative on FGM/C" and the Africa Bureau.
Banner photo: © 1991 Lauren Goodsmith, courtesy of Photoshare
Comprehensive Condom Programming in West Africa (more)
This Council project identified strategies for re-integrating the female and male condom in the national reproductive health and HIV and AIDS programs of Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
(1/2008 - 12/2008)
Access to contraceptive methods; Condoms (male and female); Scaling up interventions
ResourcesExercice de couverture sur les activités et la fréquentation des centres de jeunes en Mauritanie: Rapport final
Lardoux,Solene; Ekeibed,Mohamed Aly; Bossou,Yao Gaspard
Publication date: 2006
Arab Women: A Profile of Diversity and Change
Toubia,Nahid; Bahyeldin,Amira; Hijab,Nadia; Abdel Latif,Heba
Publication date: 1994
Mauritania Fast Facts
|Total fertility rate||4.4|
|Infant deaths per 1,000 live births||74|
|Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births||550|
|Girls aged 20-24 married by age 18 (%)||37.2|
|HIV/AIDS prevalence (%)||0.7|
|Living below US $2 per day (%)||44|
Country statistics from Demographic and Health Surveys, 1987–2011; UNAIDS and UNICEF websites (accessed 10/22/2012); "World Population Data Sheet" (Population Reference Bureau, 2012)