Empowerment Through Health Care in Mali

We are excited to announce that we will be working with Mali Health Organizing Project  on yet another project! A $34,644.90 matching grant will enable Mali Health to construct and equip a maternity ward and basic laboratory in Mali's national capital of Bamako.The construction of these facilities will help ensure that even those living in remote areas will have access to essential needs and services.    

Who is Mali Health?

Mali Health's mission is to empower urban communities in Mali to improve maternal and child health. They help families that are unable to afford health care receive comprehensive primary care for children in exchange for family participation in the community. In exchange, they participate in public service designed to improve the health of the community as a whole while building their skills as future health leaders. They enable the community to design and build their own healthy systems, while empowering them to improve the effectiveness, sustainability, local leadership, and financing of primary health care. Mali Health does this by: 

  • Fostering the agency of residents to address community health needs;
  • Promoting health education, prevention, and early care-seeking;
  • Enhancing financial, geographic, and cultural access to health care for poor families. 

Mali Health's Focus

Mali Health aspires to eliminate the health disparities that exist in marginalized communities. Their program seeks to address Mali's maternal and child health crisis. Mali is the ninth poorest country in the world (UNDP, 2010) and has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. One in five children dies before age five (World Bank, 2009), and one in twenty-two women die of maternal complications. Much of Mali's mortality is preventable, with ninety percent of child deaths caused by five treatable diseases: diarrhea, malnutrition, malaria, respiratory infections, and measles (Mali Ministry of Health, 2008). Mali Health's focus on targeted free care and health education strives to empower the Sikoro community to mobilize for healthy change. 

ODW + Mali Health

One Day's Wages' partnership with Mali Health will help to fund a maternity ward and basic laboratory for one of the poorest areas of Bamako. In Bamako, a city that is growing at a rate of 4.5% a year, a large peri-urban population lacks access to essential needs and services.  

The funds raised through the matching grand will be used to construct and equip a maternity ward and basic laboratory in one of the poorest areas of Bamako.  The facility will support pre and post-natal care efforts, family planning, and semi-private post-delivery space, in addition to aiding in the actual deliveries. Ultimately, these facilities will help to ensure that proper precautions and aftercare are provided for all patients, helping to diminish and eradicate all preventable deaths.  

**The matching grant is for a total of $34,644.90; 50% ($17,322.45) of that total will be raised through this campaign, the remaining 50% will come from ODW's Health Fund and General Giving fund. 

How You Can Help.


Our Pledge to You.

100% of your donations (minus credit card fees) will go directly to this project. As usual, we'll report back to our community about the progress of the funding and once funded, will report back with pictures, videos, and stories to convey the impact of this project.