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Tools for » Improving Child Nutrition and Food Security in the most vulnerable municipalities in Mali
Project ID:00067244Description:MDGF-2012-I-MLI Children
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Mar 2009
MDGF SP-ChildFoodSec&Nutri
End Date*: 30 Jun 2013
Country: Mali Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


In order to achieve the MDGs the country has adopted the most vulnerable 166 municipalities - Initiative 166- based on the implementation of multisectoral actions.  The JP supported this strategy to help reduce child malnutrition, improve food security and strengthen ownership by local authorities of the development process. 

Supplements (Vitamin A, iron and deworming) were provided under Outcome 1 to women and children to fight against micronutrient deficiencies. Gardening initiatives diversified production increasing the quality of nutrition, while support to aviculture had a positive impact on both nutrition and family revenue.

Under Outcome 2 capacities of community liaisons and women’s groups were strengthened and activities on prevention and nutrition were undertaken to increase knowledge and understanding on nutrition, anemia and the importance of good practices, especially for children under five and post-partum women.

Training of healthcare workers improved screening and treatment of malnutrition, while the provision of therapeutic foods and essential medicines strengthened their response. The JP provided support to 22 health district centers, all of which   received therapeutic foodstuffs, therapeutic milk and essential medicines. As a result, all the health centers in Bandiagara are now able to attend malnourished children free of charge

Under Outcome 3 eight members of municipal councils were trained on the elaboration of plans for  economic and social development oriented towards the achievement of the MDGs.


Outcome 1:

Food security increased.


Outcome Achievements:

  • The number of children that received Vitamin A supplements exceeded the goal (98%).
  • 90% of post –partum women received Vitamin A supplements.
  • All pregnant women and malnourished children received iron supplements.
  • Partner NGOs promoted good family practices with a focus on infants and young children.
  • 200 women benefitted from gardening initiatives.
  • Aviculture initiatives of 200 women was supported.
  • 120 women were provided 3 sheep and production material to support weight gain.


Outcome 2:

Women and children’s health condition improved thanks to appropriate malnutrition prevention and treatment.


Outcome Achievements:

  • Health workers were trained on the revised protocols to address malnutrition.
  • Health centers were equipped to be able to support children with acute malnutrition.
  • 22 health district centers  received therapeutic foodstuffs, therapeutic milk and essential medicines.
  • As a results of the JP’s actions all the health centers in Bandiagara  are attending to malnourished children and treating them free of charge.


Outcome 3:

Food security considered in the revision of relevant local and national policy plans.


Outcome Achievements:

8 members of municipal councils have been trained on the elaboration of the plans for  economic and social development of the municipality oriented towards the MDGs.


Outcome 4:

M&E, analysis, decision-making and intervention capacities related to food security and nutrition improved in the targeted zone.


Outcome Achievements:

  • 77 healthcare workers were trained on the new  protocol to address malnutrition.
  • Staff from health centers were trained on growth standards.
  • Base line study on nutritional security was undertaken.
  • Results of rapid tests during the season of harvest and welding were made available.
  • Assessment on base level dining places (restaurants, food stalls…) markets and schools was undertaken, shared, and activities planned in line with principles for food security.


Best practices:

  • The JP brought together activities from five agencies which complement and reinforce each other.
  • High involvement of local counterparts in activities’ implementation (local technical teams, local focal points and local authorities).
  • Statutory consultations have enabled Ministries, regional and local governments to own  program activities
  • Strong focus on local capacity building (data collection and communication for instance).
  • Communication & Advocacy strategy designed and implemented.


Lessons learned:

  • National ownership is the guarantee of success of the programme.
  • The method of fund management was not appropriate as  it promoted a separate vision per agency.
  • The length of the JP does not allow for sustainable change in behaviour.
  • Constant advocacy with local authorities/counterparts, flexibility in JP’s design and strong coordination mechanisms allow for the identification of exit strategies (new partnerships with local NGOs and national authorities to respond to reduction in funds, for instance).  


More details can be found in the documents below.

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