Womens Health

The Role of Individual and Community Normative Factors

Unlike other African countries, Mali’s fertility rate remains at a relatively high rate of 6.8 births per woman. Little research exists on the role that community norms play in use of family planning, particularly in low prevalence countries. Data on 7,671 women from the 2001 Mali Demographic and Health Survey were analyzed to assess the effects of individual and community factors on the adoption of modern contraceptive methods. Only 5% of women were using a modern contraceptive method in 2001.

CARE Mali Case Study

CARE’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Team presents their new case study, Keneya Ciwara: Supporting Family Planning in Mali (PDF).  This case study highlights a program in Mali’s capital, Bamako, which seeks to increase the availability and demand for quality health services at the community level while improving essential health practices in the household.

Accelerating Sustainable Domestic Health Financing in Africa

This report is a presentation that was given at the 4th Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH4), 4 to 8 April 2009, Addis Ababa by Rotimi Sankore, Coordinator Africa Public Health Alliance & 15% Campaign. It discusses the need for African countries to move toward spending at least 15% of their budgets on health in order to build viable health systems. Without adequate resources, and efficient management of those resources, all health systems will fail and eventually grind to halt.

Women and Health: Today's Evidence Tomorrow's Agenda

Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age. These are the key findings of the WHO report Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda.

Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development was delivered at the U.S. Department of State on Friday, January 8, 2010.  In the speech, Secretary Clinton said that "Investing in the health of women, adolescents, and girls is not only the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do. That is why we are integrating women’s issues as key elements of our foreign policy agenda and in, especially, our Global Health Initiative and our Global Food Security Initiative." 

Second Annual Research Symposium: Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group

Health research in Sierra Leone is currently conducted, managed, and financed by diverse organizations, with very little coordination. Seeking to improve coordination and share knowledge, a group of concerned scientists, physicians, medical students, and others, known as the Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group (HBIOMED-SL), met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 18–19, 2010. This report summarizes the symposium and covers three days of site visits and needs assessments conducted by representatives of the U.S.

  • MLI Voices

    Jun 22 2009 - 4:25pm

    Sierra Leone

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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