Malaria is pervasive in Mali, a nation of 16 million people. Among children younger than five years of age, it is the leading cause of death, accounting for 51% of outpatient visits. Across all demographics, it accounts for 45% of all medical consultations, according to national health records from 2010. Fortunately, the country maintains a high rate of ownership and usage of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) reported in 2012 that 85% of households own at least one net and that 70% of children under five years old slept under an ITN the previous night.
Despite political setbacks that included a coup in March 2012, foreign donors and local stakeholders continue to work together to strengthen Mali’s health system, in line with National Malaria Control Program strategies. In 2013, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria operates two grants. Partners and other donors include PMI, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the U.K. Department for International Development, other NGOs and the private sector.
Since 2010, United Against Malaria has helped to advocate for greater resources in Mali, engage leaders and stakeholders, and recruit private sector partners to the fight against malaria.
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