Mali's National Integrated Health Campaign

Apr 2009
Nearly 2.3 million free long-lasting ITNs were distributed to children under five in all regions, except Tombouctou and Gao, which were covered in a subnational campaign earlier in the year. PMI contributed 169,800 nets to the campaign.
 	This Malian child received a long-lasting ITN during the December 2007 integrated national campaign. Source: Chris Thomas/USAID

In December 2007, under the leadership of the MOH, Mali implemented its largest-ever national health campaign. This campaign delivered five health interventions: long-lasting ITNs, polio and measles vaccines for children under five, vitamin A supplements, and albendazole for deworming, to mothers and children under five, as applicable. The campaign was a joint effort among PMI (using jump start funds), the Canadian Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, Malaria No More, WHO, UNICEF, and many other international and local organizations. Nearly 2.3 million free long-lasting ITNs were distributed to children under five in all regions, except Tombouctou and Gao, which were covered in a subnational campaign earlier in the year. PMI contributed 169,800 nets to the campaign.

The benefits of integration were numerous. Combining several interventions into one national effort enabled the Malian government and partners to reduce overall costs. The integrated campaign also made it possible for the MOH to consolidate its efforts on information and to target the specific populations of the campaign, train personnel, and implement the interventions effectively. Moreover, the promise of free ITNs provided by PMI and other partners helped mobilize the local population, as these nets are highly valued but are often too expensive for families to purchase.

A postcampaign follow-up survey conducted in August 2008 to measure coverage showed 74 percent use among pregnant women and 78 percent use among children under five compared with 29 percent and 27 percent, respectively, in 2006. The campaign is an example of how broad partnerships with the local and international community can successfully integrate health services.

Story submitted by Peace Corps Volunteer Ariel Wagner.

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