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Innovative Approaches to Birth Registration for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2014-2016)

DFATD Contribution: $5,000,000

This project seeks to increase the registration of children under the age of five, and improve the availability, quality, timeliness, and use of health information to assist in the planning of effective activities to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The project also seeks to improve the availability and quality of information on child mortality to better inform planning and resource allocation, and increase accountability to MNCH efforts. The project assists developing countries to increase number of birth registrations by addressing access barriers, including reaching those who live in rural areas by mobilizing community health workers in the birth registration process. The project also seeks to use innovations, such as SMS technologies, to increase the number of births being registered.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Southern Mali (2013-2015)

DFATD Contribution: $20,000,000

This project aims to improve the health of 455,000 people in the most vulnerable communities in southern Mali. It addresses the need for safe water, sanitation facilities, and better hygiene in these communities. This need has intensified as a result of the humanitarian and political crisis following the coup d'état in March 2012.

The project aims to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities and practices in 300 schools and 650 surrounding communities in the regions of Mopti, Koulikoro and Sikasso. Most communities in these three regions do not have water and sanitation facilities. As a result, the regions have a high rate of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, which is one of the major causes of illness and death among young children.

Basic Health Care and Nutrition for Mothers and Children (SESAME) (2012-2015)

DFATD Contribution: $20,000,000

The goal of this project is to help strengthen the detection, treatment, and prevention of acute malnutrition and to help combat some of the major causes of child mortality, through immunization and improved care at the community level. The project aims to support the provision of basic health services, contribute to the response to the nutrition crisis in Mali, and ensure that the Malian population has access to vaccines and essential drugs.

The project involves establishing a mechanism for active detection and treatment of severely malnourished children at the community level; promoting adequate nutrition for infants and young children; as well as ensuring the timely supply of vaccines included in the national immunization program. Additionally, the project includes providing refrigerators to community health centers for vaccine storage, ensuring timely supply of medicines for essential care at the community level, and distributing light medical equipment to community health centres.

Integrated Health Systems Strengthening in Africa (2007-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $19,950,000

This project contributes to reducing the number of children dying from diarrhea and pneumonia, by increasing the use of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses. With CIDA's support, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to increase demand for oral rehydration salts, zinc and antibiotics, by raising awareness among caregivers and providers about the most effective treatments for diarrhea and pneumonia. UNICEF is also working with the public and private sector in high-burden countries to ensure that communities have access to a reliable supply of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses.

Textbooks for Children (2012-2014)

DFATD Contribution: $5,000,000

The suspension of aid to Mali’s Ministry of Education following the March 22, 2012 coup d'état has significantly affected Mali’s ability to finance the purchase of textbooks for 2012-13 school year. This initiative, in partnership with UNICEF is a one-time, short-term project designed to respond to this situation. The project aims to improve learning the quality of education for Malian children, by providing textbooks to children and teachers of primary schools in southern Mali.

UNICEF Humanitarian Appeals (2012-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $1,599,000

This grant represents Canada’s support to UNICEF’s humanitarian appeals in response to drought and conflict in the Sahel (specifically Chad, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal and Cameroon) and eastern Africa; severe acute malnutrition throughout Africa; and, protracted crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Pakistan and Yemen. Founded in 1946, UNICEF is mandated by the UN General Assembly to protect the rights of children and women in developing countries through its development and humanitarian assistance programming. In humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF’s activities include: the provision of commodities to treat severe acute malnutrition; safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene programming; emergency education; basic health care; and, protection services for children and women.



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