Keneya Nieta/Mali Household and Community Health Activity
In 2020, FP2020 found that the modern contraceptive prevalence rate is 16.3% in Mali, with a 24.8% unmet need for family planning (FP). According to the World Bank, less than half of the population in Mali lives within five kilometers (about three miles) of a health facility.
The program is working to provide a sustainable package of essential community-based health services in the regions of Mopti, Segou, Sikasso. EngenderHealth is leading the integration of FP and gender inclusion into existing health services with a focus on strengthening community-based health systems and facilitating community ownership of health systems
The program aims to reduce community and cultural barriers to health services through faith-based and civil society organizations in order to increase uptake of FP services. EngenderHealth is ensuring the integration of FP and gender, youth, and social inclusion across all program activities to improve community health workers’ ability to provide client-centered care. Our approach includes addressing gender imbalances, responding to the special needs of adolescents and youth, and strengthening community oversight mechanisms to hold providers accountable.
Through this program, we aim to facilitate linkages between communities and health facilities by generating demand for health services and improving financial sustainability for health services that respond to this demand.