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Map of Mali Map of Mali

Mali flagCountry Profile

Capital: Bamako

Language: French

Population: 16.5 Million

Plan International has worked in Mali since 1976, helping children living in poverty access their rights to health, education, protection and livelihoods. We work to bring long lasting improvements to children’s lives in 292 communities in the country, benefitting at least 30,000 children.

Currently, Plan International is focusing on rehabilitating malnourished children in rural communities by educating mothers on how to prepare nutritious meals for their children with the limited range of food they have available to them.

Children playing soccer
A woman checks a baby's temperature
A woman attends a microfinance meeting

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Mali

  • Many children under five do not survive because of preventable or treatable diseases like diarrhea, made worse by malnutrition.
  • Only 55% of girls and 60% of boys go to primary school, with drop-out rates especially high in rural communities.
  • 89% of women have been subjected to female genital mutilation.

How your support is helping Mali:

  • Working to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health by providing access to health clinics for communities.
  • Supporting children to take an active role in regular radio broadcasts, to raise awareness of health issues in the community.
  • Promoting the importance of education through workshops and training sessions for teachers to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Actively providing children with an official birth registration, working to give them greater protection and access to services, like education and health.
  • Developing savings and loans groups to help communities access livelihood opportunities.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 44% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 123 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 55 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in French

Hello Bonjour
How are you? Comment ça va?
Thank you Merci
Goodbye Au revoir
Happy Birthday Bonne fete Bon anniversaire

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