HI provides support to the Malian population severely affected by years of armed violence. The organisation runs multiple projects to strengthen recovery and social cohesion in northern Mali, to improve people’s resilience, and to promote and support sustainable and inclusive development in Mali.
Children in an inclusive school - HI Mali | © Sébastien Rieussec / HI
Actions in process
In a situation of extreme poverty, HI is working on all fronts to provide Malians with an appropriate response, both in the north and south of the country. The organisation supports victims of the recent conflict and continues to defend the right to health and dignity of people with disabilities.
Today, HI is active in the regions of Sikasso, Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao, covering a wide range of services: functional rehabilitation, mental health and psychosocial support, HIV and disability, early detection and care of disabilities, education on the risks related to explosive devices and assistance to victims of armed conflict.
HI helps improve health centres and the care management of pregnant women to make services more accessible to all. The organisation also helps young children with multiple disabilities and severe malnutrition by providing them with global care management and assisting communities in implementing stimulation activities.
To provide every child with access to education, HI builds the capacities and helps train education staff in the inclusion of children with disabilities, implements awareness-raising actions in communities and supports building transformation projects. In addition, the organisation works in the field of economic inclusion to promote access to inclusive employment for young people and to provide support to microfinance projects.
By assisting community projects and prevention actions, HI also works to build the resilience of people at risk of food insecurity and to improve the security situation of communities in the regions of Segou, Koulikoro and Mopti.
Situation of the country
Mali is one of the poorest in the world. In recent years, it has been affected by droughts, political crises and armed conflict, which have led to massive population displacements and weakened all institutions.
In January 2012, the country was plunged into an armed conflict that led to the proliferation of small arms and explosive remnants of war in areas where the population lives. With the aim of restoring peace and security in the North, the Algiers Peace Agreement was signed in June 2015. However, since the beginning of 2018, the centre of Mali has been the scene of armed conflict between radical groups.
Institutions (health, education, public administration and so on) have been seriously impacted and the return of refugees and displaced people to their homes is continuing under difficult conditions. The country is extremely poor. Mali's efforts to achieve universal primary education, control HIV/AIDS and improve access to safe drinking water have been severely hampered.
People with disabilities are excluded and often victims of discrimination or prejudice, they represent the largest minority in the country. They have little or no access to health care, education, social services or employment. A very small proportion of children with disabilities attend school. In times of crisis, poor people find themselves in a situation of increased vulnerability.
Number of HI staff members: 195
Date programme opened: 1993