Many children and young people risk their lives on 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 are building drinking water networks and latrines. The leDA project supports health staff in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases through an innovative tool.

Child protection

Our social workers provide appropriate support for migrating children 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.

Access to justice

We are supporting 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 provide child-friendly spaces in the detention, re-education and rehabilitation centre for women of Bollé. This ensures better conditions for imprisoned mothers and their children.

Specialised care

The programme allows children affected by certain severe diseases such as cardiopathy to receive the appropriate care. Around twenty Malian children are operated on each year in Europe. The children, once they have recovered, return to their country of origin and are monitored by our teams. They are reintegrated into school or continue their professional training.

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

Lavilé, a boy released from a Malian prison


Terre des hommes in Mali

Beneficiaries 2019


302,891 people

Expatriate / local employees


6 / 99

Budget 2020


CHF 3,051,891.-




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.
Start of our activities in juvenile justice.
The first Malian child is sent to Switzerland for heart surgery.

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Courage No. 71: A training that saves lives in Mali
Annual Report 2020
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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