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Mali - Support Project for the Health and Social Development Programme in Sikasso Region - Health IV - Project Completion Report (PCR)
The project is an integral part of the Ten-Year Health and Social Development Plan (PDDSS) for 1998-2007. The Plan’s strategic and priority areas focus on extending coverage and improving the quality of health services, combating exclusion, social mobilisation to promote health, and promoting alternative financing mechanisms and human resource development. The health situation is characterized by high morbidity and mortality rates, particularly among women and children. The epidemiological profile is dominated by infectious and parasitic diseases. The social situation is marked by the deterioration of living conditions due to the extreme poverty of households, social groups and communities. This situation has led to economic precariousness, marginalization and exclusion of disadvantaged groups. Sikasso region was chosen because of its low social and health indicator levels compared to levels in the rest of the country. The project will supplement specific activities funded by some donors in certain districts in Sikasso region: Swiss Cooperation supports the Regional Directorate for Health and the First-Cycle Nursing School (EIPC), Belgium and the Netherlands have operations in two referral health centres, the NGO Save the Children supports EPI activities in about ten community health centres.