Mali has been facing a political and security crisis since the beginning of 2012, mixing territorial challenges in the North, economic interest and terrorist issues. The persistent presence of armed groups of opposition and of radical Islamists makes difficult the proper functioning of basic services. Finally, food insecurity currently affects more than a Malian on five (source: OCHA).
The year 2016 was marked by the outbreak of tensions and violence in the Kidal region. Community conflicts and terrorist attacks have intensified since the beninning of the year.
Description of the mission
In 2002, Première Urgence Internationale set up a production of infantile flour unit and so offered the possibility of practicing a generative activity of income in a region where the economic opportunities were very limited.
Since 2013, the NGO has been intervening in the region of Gao through activities aiming at the improvement of the coverage of the primary health care of the population.
In 2015 the NGO also opened a new base in Kidal and deployed mobile clinics in rural areas. Water, hygiene and sanitation activities were also launched in 2016 in the circle of Ansongo.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In Kidal, the launching of mobile clinics enables to bring health care to the nomadic populations isolated in the semi desert areas of North Mali.
The teams also insure the evacuations of the patients who need it towards 8 health centers. In order to resolve the multi-sectorial humanitarian crisis that has been striking the region for many years, a multi-sectorial approach has been launched, a Première Urgence Internationale’s specificity which allows to address the multiple needs of the population. The NGO thus contributes to reduce the mortality of the population. Première Urgence Internationale also leads activities to relaunch the agricultural production to durably support the populations affected by multiple crises.
Mali: How Première Urgence International helps to improve access to primary healthcare in Bankass
Since the start of the 2012 political-security crisis in the north of Mali, the uncertainty and deterioration of the situation have progressively touched the centre of the country. The crisis hit the Bankass Cercle, in the centre of Mali, with full force. Consequently the cross-community conflicts and the active presence of armed groups from the opposition have triggered a general instability in this area. This lead to a decline in healthcare coverage in the region of Mopti. Around the Bankass Cercle a shortage of financial, human and material means to supply healthcare has been observed, which raises the vulnerability of the host population and of the internal refugees.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE DEPUTY HEAD OF MISSION FOR PROGRAMMES FOR PREMIÈRE URGENCE INTERNATIONALE
After obtaining a Master’s degree in humanitarian project management as well as training in accounting, Flavie Papon joined Première Urgence Internationale in June 2018 as Deputy Head of Mission for Programmes.
She first carried out a six-month mission in the Central African Republic in 2018, and then she left in 2019 to support the mission bringing Mali and Niger together .