How promoting breastfeeding helped a village in Mali drastically reduce child stunting
YOROSSO, Mali, 31 July 2017 – "Show me how you breastfeed your child," says Aminata as she faces Batoma. A group of women look on, while sitting on a mat under the shade of a mango tree.
In Mali, preschool and super parents help young children flourish
SIBY-SIBY, Mopti region, Mali, 6 March 2017 – In the small farming village of Siby-Siby in central Mali, parents don't have a lot of toys for their children to play with at home.
In Mali, learning again after a lengthy absence
GAO, Mali, 14 December 2015 – Adaoula was 8 years old when a bomb hit her home in the town of Gao in northern Mali in 2012. She lost both her parents in the explosion, and for a long time after, Adaoula was unable to speak.
In a Malian village, a simple wish for clean water
MOPTI, Mali, 10 September 2015 – For a remote village in central Mali, the prospect of a new borehole means more than just a shorter walk to water – it also means better health and new possibilities for the whole community.
Giving exposure to child rights in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 1 December 2014 – Its title may sound dry and legalistic, but to the eight children and teenagers leaning around a table in animated discussion in Bamako, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has real meaning, every day of their lives.
In Mali, united against Ebola – a transporter’s pledge
BAMAKO, Mali, 11 November 2014 – For more than 20 years, Abdoulaye Bagayoko has worked at one of the busiest bus terminals in Bamako, Mali’s capital. Now he has decided to make the fight against Ebola his priority.
In Mali, using play to help treat malnutrition
SIKASSO, Mali, 7 November 2014 – Sitting on his mother's lap, 2-year-old Lamine casts a twinkle in her direction then throws himself backwards. He knows she will catch his head with her hand. She always does. Both of them giggle.
In Mali, keeping ahead of Ebola
BAMAKO, Mali, 27 October 2014 – “Our task and that of the health workers is very challenging.” Sayon Traore says. “Trade, and population movements between our village and those villages across the border in Guinea make our grassroots information sessions difficult, and the risk of infection continues to be high for us all.”
In Mali, a partnership to fight malnutrition
SIKASSO, Mali, 23 October 2014 – Little Marguerite is the apple of her family’s eye. It was their love for the little girl that helped keep the family together last year when Marguerite nearly died.
Fighting the effects of climate change in Mali
A partnership provides life-saving treatment in Mali
GAO, Mali, 5 August 2014 – Thirteen-month-old Al Matar sits on a bed in the pediatric ward at Gao Central Hospital eating from a packet of Plumpy’nut, a ready-to-eat therapeutic food. The sticky, peanut-based paste is all over his fingers and smiling face. Next to him, his 18-year-old mother, Mariam Mahamane, looks on contently, relieved her son is feeling better.
A joint effort to reach Mali's malnourished children
BANCOCOUROU, Mali, 14 May 14 – Malaria is always bad news. But the raging fever it brought may have been a life saver for 2-year-old Sogona. “The fever meant I knew my daughter was sick,” says Aminata Kanté. “I heard at the mosque where I go to pray that some doctors were coming. So I brought her along. That is how we found out she also is suffering from malnutrition.”
In Mali, HIV/AIDS remains shrouded in silence
BAMAKO, Mali, 31 December 2013 – No sooner had Khadijda Sissoko* been admitted to hospital with excruciating abdominal pain than she faced the emotional torment of revealing to her family what was wrong.
Going door to door to get children back to school
TIMBUKTU, Mali, 3 September 2013 – Early on a Monday morning, a man wearing a turban and draped in a large robe runs a sharp eye over the classroom in the Accelerated Learning Gateway strategy centre in the district of Hamabangou, on the outskirts of Timbuktu.
In the aftermath of conflict, Mali's children remain at risk
GAO, Mali, 7 August 2013 - The life of 12-year-old Mamadou changed forever when his cousins brought home a "strange object". "He wasn’t at home that day," recalls his mother. "It was his cousins who brought a strange object back to the house."
Cash transfer programme provides support to victims of violence in Mali
MOPTI, Mali, 2 August 2013 – At the Bas Fond landfill in Mopti, residents sift through the rubbish, the dregs of other people's consumption. In a country as poor as Mali, they have to dig deep to find something for the keeping. The people living around this squalid waste disposal area are the poorest of the poor. Yet 16-year-old Fatoumata Traoré* would rather stay here than return to Tonka, the town in Mali’s Timbuktu region she was forced to flee.
Crisis leads to unexpected opportunities for displaced children in Mali
SIRIBALA, Mali, 8 July 2013 - The conflict in northern Mali may have changed the lives of Fatoumata and Djeneba Touré forever – for the better.
School of Hope brings education to Malian children with hearing impairments
BAMAKO, Mali, 5 June 2013 – Discrimination against hearing-impaired children is declining in Mali, says Moussa Sanogo, headmaster of the School of Hope in the capital, Bamako. “We started the school in 1994 with 19 pupils whom we, the teachers, found by going out on the streets of Bamako,” he says.
Health workers take a low-profile approach to help save lives
BAIMA, Mali, 21 May 2013 – “When the war came, I was very scared,” says 20-year-old Soumaila Coulibaly. “But I have never stopped work or run away. I just adapt to the situation."
UNICEF supports Malians displaced by conflict
SÉGOU, Mali, 19 April 2013 – A needle, some dyed straw and a razor blade are all Aicha Dicko needs for some economic relief for herself, her two daughters and six grandchildren.
In Mali, information about breastfeeding is saving children's lives
SIKASSO, Mali, 8 April 2013 – Exclusive breastfeeding saves lives. Aminata Coulibaly, from the village of Kesso, Sikasso region, has seen its impact first-hand.
In a relatively quiet region of Mali, programme targets malaria deaths
OUÉLESSÉBOUGOU, Mali, 27 March 2013 – Continuing conflict in the northern part of Mali has had tremendous impact on the country. Mali has also been facing food and nutrition crisis aggravated by the political instability and conflict in the north. Schools have been closed, health centres looted and vandalized, children’s rights violated.
Risks for children and women are far from over, in Mali
15 February 2013 – Since last year, Mali has been facing a serious food and nutrition crisis, aggravated by political instability and conflict in the North. Nearly 400,000 people have been forced out of their homes by the conflict in Mali, including some 227,206 internally displaced people and 167,245 refugees who have crossed into Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and the Niger.
For children in Mali, hand-washing and safe water save lives
SIRAKORO, Mali, 15 October 2012 - It is a bright, hot day in the tiny village of Sirakoro in Mali’s central Mopti region. Children, their parents, school staff and community leaders have met up with a team of UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialists, along with local partner NGO Association Recherche Action Femme et Développement (ARAFD).
In Mali, mine risk education targets children displaced by conflict
SÉVARÉ, Mali, 28 September 2012 – Children run and play, kicking up dust behind them. Mothers stir pots over open flames. Elders rest in the shade of makeshift tarps. There is a feeling of home here, at this campsite housing more than 400 people forced to flee conflict in the north of Mali.
As the food crisis in Mali worsens, UPS and UNICEF deliver humanitarian aid
BAMAKO, Mali, 21, August 2012 - On 16 August, a large M-11 jet airliner touched down at the Bamako-Sénou International Airport, as the United Parcel Service (UPS) made its first free-of-charge delivery to UNICEF Mali. As part of UPS’s efforts to help people in the Sahel affected by the food and nutrition crisis, 20 metric tons of supplies were delivered to Mali. The supplies are part of UNICEF’s emergency response to the food and nutrition crisis in the North of Mali, which has been complicated by a cholera outbreak and armed conflict.
Youth teach handwashing skills to keep their community healthy
N’tjibougou, Mali, 9 August 2012 -12-year-old Youssouf Dissa sits close to his grandfather Adama, speaking urgently and using his hands to emphasize what he’s saying. Youssouf has come from school with important information to pass on to his family.
Immunization and education for Malian refugees in Mauritania
M’BERA, Mauritania, 23 May 2012 – Conflict in Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands. Around 64,000 Malian refugees, including 39,000 children, are now living in a refugee camp at M’Bera in the far south-eastern corner of Mauritania. The camp is now the largest settlement in the district, three times larger than the capital Bassikunou.
In Mali, community health programmes put malnourished children on the road to recovery
BAMAKO, Mali, 22 May 2012 – You wouldn’t think it to look at her, but Bintou Traoré is 18 months old. She is very small for her age because her little body has not had enough nutrients to grow normally.
Scaling-up Integrated Community Case Management in Niger and Mali
MADAROUNFA, Niger, and KITA, Mali, 18 April 2012 – Globally, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria are the main killers of children, accounting for more than 40 per cent of child deaths. And in certain countries of sub-Saharan Africa, these diseases kill an even greater proportion of children. In Niger and Mali for example, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria cause 60 per cent of deaths among children under age 5, and malnutrition is an underlying cause in one third of child deaths.
Families in Mali struggle to feed themselves as the crisis in the Sahel worsens
NEW YORK, USA, 9 April 2012 – It’s dinner time in the fishing village of Tako, and Mariam Dianapo is worried about how to feed her five hungry children.
UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
In Mauritania, UNICEF and partners are providing critical assistance amid overlapping refugee and nutrition crises
FASSALA, Mauritania, 27 March 2012 – For Nanni Oueled Faghi and her 2-year-old grandson, Habibi, the journey from their home in Léré, Mali, to the border town of Fassala, Mauritania, was long and dangerous. By the time they arrived in Mauritania, Habibi was suffering from diarrhoea and severe malnutrition.
UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.
UNICEF provides emergency support for displaced families in Niger
MANGAIZÉ, Niger, 15 February 2012 – As thousands flee into Niger to escape the ongoing conflict in Northern Mali, UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Niger, NGOs and sister UN agencies, is stepping up relief efforts to respond to the immediate needs of displaced families.
Accelerated learning offers disadvantaged children in Mali a chance to go to school
BAMAKO, Mali, 4 January 2012 – “My dream is to become a doctor, to treat children in difficult circumstances,” said Assan Coulibaly, 10. Her father passed away, and she now lives with her mother, who gets by with the income from a small business. Assan has three sisters and a brother. Helping at home has meant missing the opportunity to be enrolled in school.
Expanding basic health services to children and women in Mali
NEW YORK, USA, 13 December 2011 – The roar of a motorbike heralds the arrival of health workers in a remote village in Kayes District, Mali. They are bringing life-saving medical supplies to communities that lack easy access to health care.
Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 – It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake – it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.
Young photographers from Niger and Mali document the problems facing their communities
BAMAKO, Mali, 6 December 2011 – “This child looks very mean, and it’s a consequence of life on the street,” said 17-year-old Rachida Aboubacar, gazing at a photograph taken by one of her friends.
'Girl friendly/child-friendly' schools provide a brighter future in Mali
BENENA, Mali, 18 August 2011 - At a public meeting in the village of Benena, in Mali’s Segou Region, a gathering of women collectively shot their hands up in the air when asked why girls’ education in their community had been neglected in the past. Florence Koné, wearing a dress made of colorful fabric to commemorate International Women’s Day, stood up with a rush of enthusiasm. “You want to know why previously we didn’t educate our girls?” she exclaimed. “I’ll tell you. We were afraid they might get in trouble - maybe they would get pregnant, maybe they would leave school.”
Child-friendly village schools support education for all in Mali
DOUGOUBA, Mali, 15 June 2011 – Just 15 years ago, there were no primary schools in the village of Dougouba. In fact, some members of this community, located in Mali’s Segou Region, had resisted the idea of formal education for decades.
Empowering marginalized children through photography in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 28 April 2011 – Hawa Coulibaly, 16, has spent the last nine months training to become a tailor, but she is also interested in photography. “By the end of the training, I hope I will know how to take pictures of my designs,” she says on the first day of the Eye See workshop.
Musician Habib Koité inaugurated as first-ever UNICEF Mali Ambassador
Musician Habib Koité inaugurated as first-ever UNICEF Mali Ambassador
BAMAKO, Mali, 13 October 2010 – As the remains of a dreary, water-logged afternoon drew to a close last month, a large crowd congregated at the National Museum of Mali for a decidedly sunny purpose: to celebrate musician Habib Koité and his inauguration as the first-ever National Ambassador for UNICEF in Mali.
A community-led approach to sanitation and hygiene saves lives in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 11 October 2010 – Defecating in the open is still a common practice throughout rural regions of Mali, and in many villages, latrines are constructed only for the elderly or disabled.
Fighting Guinea Worm, a waterborne blight in Mali
GAO, Mali, 4 October 2010 – Guinea Worm, a painful parasitic disease, is endemic in northern Mali. Transmitted through contaminated water sources, the illness is just one of many challenges in ensuring safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the country.
National plan for the promotion of water and sanitation under way in Mali
SOUFOUROULAYE, Mali, 19 August 2010 – At the Soufouroulaye Primary School in Mali, a derelict water pump stands dry in the dusty playground, quenching no one's thirst.
Rising food prices in Mali escalate undernutrition amongst children
SIKASSO, Mali, 3 June 2010 – In the far south of Mali, one of the country’s main agricultural areas, the Sikasso region, is rich in fertile soil. But despite the region’s capacity to feed its people, the children of Sikasso are suffering from alarmingly high rates of undernutrition.
Mobile cinema helps change attitudes about female genital mutilation/cutting in Mali
BOUGOUNISSABA, Mali, 5 February 2010 – When the Cinéma Numérique Ambulant came to Djènèba Doumbia’s village, the young women had no idea how it would change her life.
Hygiene education for a village in Mali
FADIEDA, Mali, 8 December 2009 – The village of Fadieda is at the forefront of a new pilot programme in Africa. It’s one of 15 villages selected by UNICEF and the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation to change the way it approaches sanitation.
In Mali, Executive Director focuses on undernutrition and impact of climate change
BAMAKO, Mali, 11 November 2009 – Bisected by the vast and growing Sahara Desert, Mali is a country where food and nutrition security are precarious even in the best of times.
Mali celebrates Global Handwashing Day with live performances and hygiene events
BAMAKO, Mali, 26 October 2009 – For the country of Mali, Global Handwashing Day holds special significance. About one in five children in Mali dies before the age of five and approximately half of these deaths are caused by hygiene-related preventable diseases.
UNICEF in Space: Astronaut and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Frank de Winne talks to school children
GAO VILLAGE, Mali, 23 October 2009 – In the village of Gao, some 1200 km away from Mali’s capital city of Bamako, local children were given the special chance to speak to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne – live from space.
Peer educators in Mali spread the word about HIV/AIDS
BAMAKO, Mali, 13 March 2007 – Soraya clearly remembers the misconceptions about HIV and AIDS that her uncle passed on to her. She says he told her that the disease was “just a project to get money from developed countries,” that it “does not concern us” and that “white people invented it.”
A UNICEF-supported centre in Mali helps young women in distress
BAMAKO, Mali, 20 June 2006 – “I love my baby,” says Korotoumou, 17, holding her year-old baby girl, Bintou, tightly against her chest. She knows that she might be holding Bintou for the very last time.
Locust swarms put Mali’s economic mainstay at risk
MALI/NEW YORK, 27 August 2004 - Swarms of locusts have invaded Mali (along with Mauritania and other Sahelian countries) putting the economic mainstay of the country – agriculture – at high risk.