Our staff help improve the health of children, newborn babies and mothers by providing better access to water and working with institutions and communities. We focus on unaccompanied migrant children.

The situation in Mali

The country is affected by many crises that hinder its development and still requires assistance. Nearly 50% of the population is aged under 14. Children suffer from a lack of drinking water, health care and social services. Many must migrate to find work. They are at risk of exploitation, physical and moral violence and an ill-adapted legal system.

What we do

Mother and child health

Our teams help community health professionals on a daily basis to improve the efficiency and quality of child health care. We organise training, awareness-raising programmes and financial and material support to improve the prevention and treatment of malnutrition and childhood illnesses. Women are given check-ups during pregnancy and childbirth to minimise the risk of complications. Since 2012, 35 healthcare centres in the Ségou region have received technical, material and financial support.

Water and hygiene

To improve hygiene in healthcare centres, our experts help build drinking water networks, latrines and incinerators. Medical staff are trained to ensure water is treated and quality is monitored in line with WHO directives. We also check that premises are cleaned and biomedical waste is disposed of in accordance with hygiene standards to control and prevent infections. In 2014, we gave over 10,000 children access to drinking water.

Child migrants

In the cities of Mopti and Timbuktu, social workers and partner organisations support unaccompanied child migrants by protecting them against risks, especially exploitation. We undertake advocacy activities targeting authorities, train civil servants, raise awareness in communities, and coordinate organisations dealing with these vulnerable children. In 2014, 3,000 parents were made aware of the dangers and risks associated with child migration.

Specialised treatment

Tdh and the Mother-Child Hospital “Le Luxembourg” in Bamako have jointly launched a specialised treatment programme in Mali. Children who are suffering serious conditions such as heart disease and who cannot be treated in Mali are sent to Europe for treatment. The first Malian child sent to Switzerland as part of this project received surgery in early 2016.

“Before, we didn’t know what to do when people called us about children who were unaccompanied migrants, beggars or living in the street. We didn’t know how to look after them. Now we have the training and tools to help.”

Sophie Dara Kassogue, Director of the Maison de la Femme et de l’Enfant (Institute for Women and Children) in Mopti


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Terre des hommes in Mali

Beneficiaries in 2014

256,439 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

3 / 98

2016 Budget

CHF 1,214,672.-

Programme locations

Markala, Macina, Mopti, Timbuktu, Bamako

Local partners

the regional and national authorities for health, hydraulic systems, sanitation, women, children and families and justice; ENDA Mali; Centre Hospitalier Mère Enfant le "Luxembourg"; SwissContact; the media

Where we work

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Tdh opens its Mali delegation with the launch of a project to fight malnutrition.
A project supporting unaccompanied child migrants is launched.
Tdh begins operations in the fields of water and hygiene and newborn health.
The first Malian child is sent to Switzerland for heart surgery.

Related publications

Annual report 2014 - Terre des hommes
Study on the issues and risks for child protection in the Segou region in Mali
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health

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