Information for Patients
The Malian healthcare system is organized into a four-tier structure. At the top are the national hospitals, which provide the highest-quality healthcare services in the country. At the second tier are the regional hospitals, which are equipped with some advanced facilities. The regional hospitals supervise the Centre de Santé de Centre de Santé de Référence (CSREF, Referral Health Center) that can be found in each districts and the latter look over the Centre de Santé Communautaire (CSCOM, Community Health Center), which function as the community health care facilities.
At each level of the healthcare system, Malians have to pay for the fee required for the care, which include fees of consultation, medicines and supplies. Citizens can choose to join the Association de Santé Communautaire (ASACO, Community Health Association) and pay an annual membership fee to enjoy a discounted consultation fee or have the fee waived if they have to be referred to higher-level healthcare facilities. In 2019, the Malian government agreed to provide free healthcare services for pregnant women and children under 5 in a move to improve the country’s healthcare provision, which is still heavily dependent upon international development organizations and foreign missionary groups.
Information for Health Care Professionals
There is a constant lack of medical staff in Mali, the situation is even more serious in the rural areas as most of the medical staff are stationed in the cities. In Northern Mali, people’s access to basic healthcare is particularly difficult due to its conflicted political condition. Health authorities are proven unable to manage the health situation in those areas and the gap has to be filled by foreign associations.
Information for Travellers
Travellers planning their way to Mali are recommended to receive multiple vaccines, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis and Routine Vaccinations.
French is the official language of Mali but Bambara is most widely spoken.
Link to Ministry of Health: http://www.sante.gov.ml/