For almost seven years in the 1980s, I lived on Mali’s Dogon Plateau. I was a Peace Corps volunteer focused on primary health care and spent most of my time with women. I learned about their joys, sorrows, dreams, struggles and, surprisingly, their great fear of childbirth.
After several years of planning, the National Malaria Control Program [Programme National de Lutte Contre le Paludisme (PNLP)] in Mali became a separate Directorate within the Ministry of Health. With this change, the PNLP became a highly visible program with increased funding and amb