A democratically elected president took office in Mali in 2013, following a coup that disrupted society and development assistance. Since then, Mali has had a decentralized system of government and success in development activities depends upon cooperation among many stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, and government authorities at multiple levels.
In the arena of public health, malaria is the primary cause of death in Mali and a key focus of work for MEASURE Evaluation. The bulk of our work supports the country’s National Malaria Control Program, with key malaria interventions that include the distribution and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor spraying. Preventive treatment for pregnant women is another important strategy, as is effective diagnosis and treatment of all malaria cases.
Under the democratically elected government, MEASURE Evaluation’s focus has shifted from national strategic planning to the community level with efforts to strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and capacity. This includes collaborating with USAID implementing partners and other donors to assess Mali’s community-based information system (CBIS), and developing a system strengthening and implementation plan based on the assessment’s findings.
The recent outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Guinea has revealed persisting weaknesses of health information systems (HIS) in Mali and elsewhere in West Africa. As countries in the region begin establishing plans to strengthen their health systems, there is an opportunity for organizations such as MEASURE Evaluation to assist in making cooperative investments in the technical foundations for a more effective HIS.
MEASURE Evaluation also provides additional technical assistance to USAID’s non-malaria M&E activities. MEASURE Evaluation’s focus in Mali is:
- Strengthening malaria M&E by expanding the Malaria Routine Information System and Malaria Epidemic Surveillance System.
- Strengthening the country’s Health Management Information System, based on recommendations from a recent assessment.
- Supporting USAID-Mali’s Health Development Objective M&E Plan.
- Supporting M&E for Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD) activities in Mali.