USAID/Mali’s CARE Nutrition and Hygiene Project integrates nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and agriculture interventions with the overall goal to improve the nutritional status of women and children; with a special emphasis on building resilience through the prevention and treatment of malnutrition.
The project runs from October 2013–September 2019.
Nutrition and Hygiene Project | 2013–2018
Some 15 districts and four regions of Mali—Mopti, Segou, Koulikoro, and Sikasso— are heavily affected by WASH-related malnutrition, poor access to health care, and substandard water and sanitation services.
The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) is a collaboration between the USAID and The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, managed by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, to promote improved water management and expand clean water access to help build sustainable communities in the developing world.
Mali has a host of development challenges, with 49 percent of the population living below the extreme poverty line and more than 29 percent of the population malnourished. As of 2015, only 31 percent of the rural population had access to improved sanitation, resulting in a high incidence of childhood diarrheal illness and malnutrition. Mali had 74 percent basic water coverage, but continued progress is under threat as the country’s growing population is putting increased pressure on water resources and climate change makes rainfall less predictable.
In the center of Simaye village in Mali’s Mopti Region, men, women, and children gather under a large tree to listen. Two USAID-trained facilitators discuss the health challenges facing the village. Only three latrines serve many families, so more than half of the people are practicing open defecation; the water point no longer functions, so most families are pulling dirty water from the river; many of the infants and young children are not benefitting from exclusive breastfeeding or a diversified diet, so they are malnourished.
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have created a unique partnership to address community water needs in developing countries around the world.
The WASHplus project supports healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and household air pollution (HAP). This multi-year project (2010-2016), led by FHI 360 in partnership with CARE and Winrock International, is funded through USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. WASHplus is also joined by a diverse set of NGO, university, and private sector resource partners.
SPRING/Mali officially launched in December 2014 with the support of Helen Keller International (HKI). USAID/Mali tasked the project with improving the nutritional status of women and children, with a special emphasis on building resilience in the Mopti Region through the prevention and treatment of undernutrition while targeting the critical “1,000 days” of pregnancy and a child’s first two years.
This grant activity will strengthen Malians’ ability to lead healthy, productive lives by promoting malaria prevention and treatment, good nutrition and hygiene practices as well as reproductive health behaviors like family planning. Pairing social and behavior change communication with social marketing, the initiative will inspire households to acquire healthy behaviors and give them access to life-saving health products.