Since the country’s first elections in 1992, Mali has become one of Africa’s strongest democracies. Mali is self-sufficient in food and is one of Africa’s largest cotton producers – nevertheless, the country is saddled with serious poverty. Less than half of the country’s women give birth with skilled attendance, and female genital cutting affects approximately 92% of Mali’s women.

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QUARITE Research Project

Mali is one of the two countries selected to participate in the "Qualité des soins, gestion du risque et techniques obstétricales dans les pays en développement" research project, also known as QUARITE. This project, a clustered randomized control trial, aims to evaluate the impact of the ALARM International Program on maternal mortality in referral hospitals in Mali and Senegal.

Learn more about the QUARITE Research Project

Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Mali Project  

This project aims to support Mali in their efforts to improve maternal and neonatal health by strengthening the availability and access of a package of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care services in 22 health structures throughout the country.

Learn more about the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Mali Project



The SOGC's main partner for the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Project is l'Unité de Recherche et de Formation en Santé de la Mère et de l'Enfant (URFOSAME).

The SOGC's QUARITE Research Project was conducted in partnership with the Université de Montréal and the Centre Hospitalier Ste. Justine.

In addition, the both projects are supported by a variety of partners in Mali, including the Mali Ministry of Health, the National Health Directorate, Commune V, the Société Malienne de Gynéco-Obstétrique, the Association des Sages-Femmes du Mali, the National Agency of Hospital Evaluation, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, and the Groupe Santé Population.

Photo credit: François Couturier

Population: 12,324,029 (2008)
Median Age: 15.8 years (2008)
Life Expectancy: 49.94 years (2008)
HIV/AIDS Prevalence (ages 15-49): 1.7% (2005)
Fertility Rate: 7.34 children born per woman (2008)
Infant Mortality: 103.83 deaths/1000 live births (2008)
Skilled Attendant at Delivery: 41% (2000-2006)
Contraceptive Prevalence: 8% (2000-2006)
Maternal Mortality Ratio: 970 per 100,000 (2005)
Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death: 1 in 15 (2005)
Average Child Marriage: 65% (1987-2006)
Female Genital Cutting National Average for Women: 92% (2000-2006)

Sources: UNICEF country profiles and CIA WorldFactbook