The Population Council began working in Mali in 1981 through a technical assistance project to strengthen the population and development research capacity of the Sahel Institute. In 1990 the Council established an office in Bamako to support a large national family planning initiative funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This office was closed in 2009.
The primary focus of Council research and programs in Mali has been to expand and improve family planning services, especially through community-based distribution of contraception. More recently, the focus has included reducing or eliminating female genital mutilation/cutting and preventing transmission of HIV. In the coming years, the focus will include preventing sexually transmitted infections and HIV among youth, reducing maternal mortality, and increasing access to family planning information and services.
Highlights of past and present work
- Implemented the first community-based distribution program in francophone Africa that demonstrated a substantial increase in contraceptive use in rural areas by making contraceptives available through volunteers.
- Generated the evidence base for a national program funded by USAID/Mali to expand community-based distribution of contraceptives in five of the country’s six regions.
- Generated evidence used by USAID to design its ten-year country strategic plan 2003–2012.
- Assisted the government in developing a policy on female genital mutilation/cutting and forming a national strategy against the practice.
Banner photo: © Tugela Riddley/IRIN
Evaluation of Centre Djoliba’s Activities Related to the Fight Against FGM/C in Mali (more)
Council researchers evaluated a human- and child-rights–based approach undertaken by the Centre Djoliba in Mali to encourage the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting.
(1/2008 - 8/2008)
Female genital mutilation/cutting
Extending Operations Research to the Problems of Scale Up: Costs, Compliance, and Effectiveness of Systematic Screening (more)
Council researchers with the FRONTIERS program worked to combine support for scaling up systematic screening with research on specific aspects of the scaling-up process.
(9/2005 - 12/2007)
Quality of care; Scaling up interventions
ResourcesLeveling the playing field: Building girls' sports programs and creating new opportunities (PDF)
Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief (no. 1)
Publication date: 2011
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people (HTML)
Series of 51 data guides by country
Publication date: 2009
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people--Mali 2006 (PDF)
Publication date: 2009
Female genital cutting practices in Burkina Faso and Mali and their negative health outcomes (abstract) (PDF)
Jones,Heidi E.; Diop,Nafissatou J.; Askew,Ian; Kabore,Inoussa
Studies in Family Planning 30(3): 219-230
Publication date: 1999
Mali Fast Facts
|Total fertility rate||6.4|
|Infant deaths per 1,000 live births||97|
|Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births||830|
|Girls aged 20-24 married by age 18 (%)||70.6|
|HIV/AIDS prevalence (%)||1.0|
|Living below US $2 per day (%)||77|
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)