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.
Jhpiego began working in Mali in the late 1980s, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to expand and strengthen pre-service education in reproductive health at the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bamako under a multi-year program. Jhpiego
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