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In Mali, nearly 50% of the population is aged below 14. Many children migrate to find work and risk exploitation, physical and moral violence and an ill-adapted legal system. In this West African country we accompany migrating children and strengthen the juvenile justice system. So as to improve child health, we fight malnutrition and support local healthcare centres.

What we do

Mother and child health

Our teams help community health professionals to improve the quality of child health care. We organise trainings run by a mobile unit composed of a doctor and a nurse, awareness sessions and financial and material support for healthcare centres and community organisations. This upgrades the prevention and treatment of malnutrition and child illnesses and the quality of pre-natal care. To improve hygiene in health centres, our experts help build drinking water networks and latrines. The programme also includes the leDA project that helps the healthcare personnel diagnose children through digital tables and mobile applications.

Juvenile justice

Working with the Ministry of Justice and its partners, in 2016 we supported the creation of the first National Coordination for Juvenile Justice in Mali. This body is comprised of eight ministries with the objective of integrating and promoting the principles of restorative juvenile justice into the national legal system, i.e. alternatives to detention for minors in conflict with the law.

Child migrants

In the cities of Mopti and Timbuktu, our social workers support unaccompanied child migrants by protecting them against risks, especially exploitation. We undertake advocacy activities targeting authorities, raise awareness in communities, and coordinate organisations dealing with these vulnerable children. Migrant children are helped in our “hope spots” - meeting points for children: we support them with psychosocial activities and give them information. They receive professional training in promising sectors (hairdressing, sewing, dyeing).

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 from 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. On their return home, the cured children are followed up during their school reintegration or have the opportunity to start job training.

“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


Terre des hommes in Mali

Beneficiaries 2016


193,813 people

Expatriate / local employees


3 / 98

Budget 2017


CHF 2,100,000.-




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.

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