Where We Work
The USAID | Health Policy Initiative completed its work in Mali on September 29, 2010.
Task Order I of the USAID | Health Policy Initiative in Mali worked helped reposition family planning in order to satisfy unmet need for contraceptives; strengthened the response to the HIV epidemic; and built the capacity of civil society groups to participate in policymaking, advocacy, and program implementation.
The project accomplished this by providing technical assistance to government agencies and working with the Muslim Supreme Council and affiliated networks to strengthen the policymaking and advocacy role of faith-based leaders.
First Regional Network of PLHIV Established. The lack of regional PLHIV networks in Mali has made it difficult to address stigma and discrimination at the grassroots level. In an effort to begin closing this gap, the project supported the establishment of Mali's first regional PLHIV network in February 2009.
Engaging Men in Reproductive Health Programs. Despite men's central role in families' health decisionmaking, they are rarely included in RH programs. In March 2007, the Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Health, together with the project, organized a multisectoral committee to draft national guidelines for constructive engagement of men in RH to support the National Reproductive Health Strategy. The guidelines were completed and approved in January 2008.
New Regulations Support Implementation of RH Law. While Mali adopted a national RH law in 2002, implementation of the law has been delayed. On January 14, 2008, following advocacy efforts by the Parliamentarian Network for Population and Development (REMAPOD), the Minister of Health signed several texts d'applications (administrative regulations). These regulations, which provide directives on how the law will be applied, are an important step towards implementation of the RH law. The project has provided ongoing financial and technical support to REMAPOD.