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MALI: The BECEYA Project Continues to Improve Access to Clean and Safe Health Facilities

Since 2015, the “Improving the Environment of Care for Mothers and Children Attending Health Facilities” Project, also known as BECEYA, contributes to improve access to quality basic services that are environmentally compatible and that meet the needs of the populations of Mali, in particular women, children and young people.

In order to support efforts to reduce mortality and morbidity rates in Kayes, Ségou and Sikasso regions in Mali, the BECEYA Project and its Malian partners are working together to improving hygiene and biomedical waste management (BMWM) practices in health facilities. To this day, the Project has achieved important results, including the installation of infrastructure and equipment that allow four basic services to be offered in health facilities: water points with access to drinking water in care rooms, adapted gender-specific latrines, showers and washing areas, solar electrification and BMWM systems.

Tangible results related to the four services

Since its launch, the BECEYA Project has covered 128 health facilities, representing 85 % of the 150 structures included in its initial implementation plan. However, not all of these health facilities have yet received all four services. This is mainly due to different important needs to cover in each supported health facilities as well as the limit of the Project’s budget.  

As a result of the Project’s interventions, the proportion of health facilities now benefiting from access to each of the four services is as follows:

  • 66 % (84 facilities) have basic water supply;
  • 57 % (73 facilities) have adapted latrines;
  • 53 % (68 facilities) have showers;
  • 99 % (127 facilities) have washing area;
  • 100 % (128 facilities) have solar electrification; and
  • 100 % (128 facilities) have a BMWM system implemented.

These results were also presented at the CCISD’s first Annual Meeting held June 20 in Quebec City. This Annual Meeting brought together various partners, collaborators and field team members to share CCISD’s highlights of the year, the testimonials from volunteer experts who participated in CCISD’s new Health Expertise Sharing Programme (PEPS) and a presentation of BECEYA Project’s universe.

Furthermore, an interregional meeting was organized by the Project on February 19 and 20, 2019, in Sikasso, Mali. Nearly a 100 project stakeholders came together to present, among other things, the lessons learned from the interventions. This meeting was also an opportunity for the participants, including representatives of regional health authorities, community members and women’s groups supported by the Project, to share stories about the multisectoral collaboration and participatory approach that characterize this initiative.

BECEYA continues to work with its partners to improving the health of the populations of Mali. This project has become a flagship initiative of CCISD, among other things, through ownership of interventions, capacity building and the promotion of gender equality and the environment, which ensure the sustainability of the outcomes for a healthy environment in health facilities.

Last April, this initiative began its fifth and final year of intervention.

 

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