Emergency in the Sahel
Support the urgent needs of children in the Sahel affected by the food crisis  


Terre des hommes (Tdh) in Mali supports children and their communities with sustainable solutions in the areas of health, water, sanitation and hygiene, migration, access to justice and protection. Through an inclusive and local approach, we provide services and training that meet the needs of the most vulnerable and contribute to the strengthening of societies and systems.

What we do

Mother and child health

Our teams support nearly 200 health centres in the districts of Macina, Markala, Ségou, Baroueli, Bla, San and Tominian. Through the training of SIMSONE project staff, we are improving the quality of care for mothers and newborns. The IeDA project provides health workers with a tool to help diagnose and manage childhood illnesses, as well as monitoring pregnant women. We provide access to health and nutrition care for internally displaced persons. All projects include water, sanitation and hygiene activities for the prevention and control of infections. Tdh has also supported the Malian government in the response to COVID-19.

Children and young people in migration

Our social workers provide appropriate support to migrant children and protect them from the risks of abuse and exploitation. We work with local authorities and communities to ensure a protective and safe environment for children on the move. They are welcomed in our spaces where they receive psychosocial support and information.

Access to justice

We contribute to the appropriate care and reintegration of children in conflict with the law through the promotion and application of non-custodial measures. We support the Committee for the Follow-up and Reintegration of Children in Conflict with the Law (COSURE), which coordinates actions and enables exchanges on issues of access to justice for children. An advocacy campaign supported by Tdh and led by this Committee has led to the release of around hundred children. We also improve detention conditions for children. We strengthen the capacities and raise the awareness of the actors of the penal system. We encourage the provision of pro bono assistance to children in contact with the justice system.

"Tdh teaches us to look for solutions to our problems."

Lavilé, a boy released from a Malian prison


Terre des hommes in Mali

Number of beneficiaries in 2021


250,610 people

Expatriate staff / National staff



4 / 115

Budget for 2021



CHF 3,305,000.-


Where we work

Supported by


Opening of the Terre des hommes delegation in Mali with a project to combat malnutrition.
Start of the protection project for unaccompanied migrant children.
Water and Sanitation and Newborn Health intervention begins.
Start of our activities in juvenile justice.
1st transfer of a child to Switzerland for heart surgery.
Launch of a project on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

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Related publications

Courage No. 71: A training that saves lives in Mali
Annual report 2021
Study on the issues and risks for child protection in the Segou region in Mali
Infopage WASH_EN

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