In Mali, ongoing humanitarian crises exacerbated by armed conflict, chronic poverty, and recurrent climatic shocks are aggravating inequalities and exacerbating insecurity, while leading to the destabilization of basic services, particularly in the areas of health and nutrition. As a result, populations have limited access to basic social services and increased vulnerability.
In recent years, there has been a disturbing increase in incidents involving radical armed opposition groups and attacks on humanitarian workers, with a consequent restriction of access.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in Mali on March 25, 2020, out of 20 million people, 8,2 million were affected by the crisis and 4,3 million needed humanitarian assistance. As of October 2020, there were nearly 332 957 displaced persons in the country.
Description of the mission
From 1993 to 2002, Aide Médicale Internationale provided support to the health system in the Kidal region. In 2013, PU-AMI (which became Première Urgence Internationale in 2015) took over the activities initiated and extended its intervention to Kidal (Kidal circle, Tessalit and Abeibara), Gao (Ansongo circle in 2014) and Mopti (Bankass and Bandiagara circle in 2019 and Mopti circle in 2020). The coordination office is based in Bamako and the logistics and pharmacy platform in Sévaré.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In 2020, Première Urgence Internationale carried out five projects in the regions of Kidal, Gao and Mopti. The teams continued to provide assistance in the areas of health and nutrition, protection (psychological support for survivors of gender-based violence and birth certificates) and the integration of new sectors such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, including a specific response to the COVID-19 crisis. The multiplication of population movements has prompted Première Urgence Internationale to position itself in the north and center of the country as a key health actor in the rapid response mechanism.
The NGO is working to improve the population’s access to quality medical and nutritional care. Because of their vulnerability, children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women, and displaced persons are the main beneficiaries of the activities implemented.
A regional strategy for the Central Sahel is also being developed by Première Urgence Internationale in conjunction with the Niger and Burkina Faso missions to strengthen our impact in this complex crisis.
Mali: Review of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mopti region
Mali has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the strengthening of patient management protocols and epidemiological surveillance, our teams were able to implement a nine-month program to support health centers in Mopti region.
Mali: Intervention of Première Urgence Internationale’s mobile teams to help the most isolated populations
Première Urgence Internationale has been present in Gao region and more precisely in Ansongo circle located in the South-East (about 200 000 inhabitants) since 2014. The NGO’s mobile teams provide medical and nutritional assistance in hard-to-reach places and for the most vulnerable people.