New Report: Mali Offers a Model Approach to Fistula Care in West Africa

May 20, 2019
A new report by IntraHealth International describes the systems, practices, and partnerships that have led to Mali’s remarkable success in addressing obstetric fistula among women and girls, even in the hardest-to-reach parts of the country.
10 Years of Obstetric Fistula Care in Mali: A Case Study of Multisectoral, Holistic Treatment for Women and Girls comes on the heels of the Malian government’s announcement in March of major reforms in the country’s health sector. By 2022, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta said, health services will be free for all pregnant women and children under 5, contraceptives will be free, and the country will add thousands of health workers to its community health system. These changes could address Mali’s many problematic health indicators, including around malnutrition, family planning, maternal and neonatal health, and more.