HI provides support to the Malian population severely affected by years of armed violence. The organisation runs some fifteen projects to strengthen recovery and social cohesion in northern Mali, to improve people’s resilience, and to promote and support sustainable and inclusive development in Mali.
Children in an inclusive school, Humanity & Inclusion- Mali | © Sébastien Rieussec / HI
In a situation of extreme poverty, HI is working on all fronts to provide Malians with an appropriate response, both in the north and south of the country. Our teams support victims of the recent conflict and continue to defend the right to health and dignity of people with disabilities.
HI has been active in Mali since 1993, conducting both emergency humanitarian work and long-term development projects in the south, centre and north of the country. We work towards the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, strengthening civil society, access to education for children with disabilities, professional integration of people with disabilities and detection and management of disabilities in children.
Today, HI is active in the regions of Sikasso, Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu, Segou and Gao, covering a wide range of services: functional rehabilitation, maternal and child health, mental health and psychosocial support, HIV and disability, early detection and care of disabilities, inclusive education, socio-professional inclusion, education on the risks related to explosive devices and assistance to victims of armed conflict.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Mali is the largest state in West Africa after Niger and one of the poorest in the world. In recent years, it has been affected by droughts, political crises and armed conflict, which have led to massive population displacements and weakened all institutions.
In January 2012, the country was plunged into an armed conflict that led to the intervention of the Malian and French armed forces in January 2013. The fighting and presence of armed groups lead to the proliferation of small arms and the contamination of people’s homes by explosive remnants of war. In 2012, more than half of civilian victims of explosive remnants of war in Mali were children.
With the aim of restoring peace and security in the North, the Algiers Peace Agreement was signed in June 2015. However, since the beginning of 2018, the centre of Mali has been the scene of armed conflict between radical groups.
Institutions (health, education, public administration and so on) have been seriously impacted and the return of refugees and displaced people to their homes is continuing under difficult conditions.
The country is extremely poor. Mali's efforts to achieve universal primary education, control HIV/AIDS and improve access to safe drinking water have been severely hampered.
People with disabilities are excluded and often victims of discrimination or prejudice, they represent the largest minority in the country. They have little or no access to health care, education, social services or employment. A very small proportion of children with disabilities attend school.
Number of HI staff members: 195
Date programme opened: 1996