Mali has one of the highest fertility rates (at 5.7 births per woman) and maternal mortality rates (at 562 deaths per 100,000 live births) in the world. In addition, there is low use of family planning services in the country, with the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women at 16%.
EngenderHealth is utilizing gender-transformative approaches in Mali to increase community uptake and improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health and rights services in the country in addition to supporting the integration of maternal, newborn, and child health services.
Previously, EngenderHealth’s activities in Mali focused on addressing obstetric fistula. Through the Fistula Care project, we trained 18 doctors and 311 nurses in fistula surgery, 184 people in fistula counseling, and supported a total of 460 fistula repair surgeries.