Mali

Many children and young people risk their lives on the migration routes in Mali. They are often victims of abuse, exploitation and human trafficking or are confronted with a justice system that is not adapted to their needs. We accompany children in conflict with the law and improve their access to justice. We also support health centres in the fight against malnutrition and to improve the health of mothers and children.

What we do

Mother and child health

Our teams support more than 30 health centres in Macina and Markala. Thanks to our SIMESON project, which trains and supervises health personnel, malnutrition can be better prevented, and the care of mothers and new-born babies improved. In order to improve access to water and sewage facilities in the health centres, our experts construct drinking water networks and latrines. The leDA project supports the health staff in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases through an innovative tool.

Child protection

Our social workers provide an appropriate accompaniment for children on the move and protect them from the risks of abuse and exploitation. We also collaborate with authorities and local communities to make their environment more protective. In our child-friendly spaces, they receive psychosocial support and information. We are also present in the Tombouctou and Gao regions in the North of Mali to respond to the protection needs of children affected by the local conflict and the drought. We reinforce institutional and community capacities through training, do awareness raising activities and give children individual and group support.

Access to justice

We accompanied the preparation of the first National Coordination for Juvenile Justice in Mali which provides a framework for discussions and actions on questions related to access to justice for children. We supported the district team helping young girls from the detention centre in Bollé in order to ensure their detention is dignified and respects their rights.

Specialised care

This programme allows children affected by certain severe diseases such as cardiopathy to be taken into appropriate care. Around twenty Malian children are operated on each year in Europe. The children, once recovered and back in their country, have been able to return to school or to continue their professional training. They are monitored regularly.
 

Abdoul, 15-year-old boy dissuaded from migrating to Europe through personalised support

Abdoul, successfully reintegrates into Mali

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Terre des hommes in Mali

Beneficiaries 2018

 

302,891 people

Expatriate / local employees

 

4 / 71

Budget 2019

 

CHF 4,090,947.-

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

2012
Tdh opens its Mali delegation with the launch of a project to fight malnutrition.
2013
A project supporting unaccompanied child migrants is launched.
2014
Tdh begins operations in the fields of water and hygiene and newborn health.
2015
Start of our intervention for juvenile justice.
2016
The first Malian child is sent to Switzerland for heart surgery.

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Related publications

Courage No. 53 – The first minute can make all the difference
Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Study on the issues and risks for child protection in the Segou region in Mali
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2016
Infopage WASH_EN

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