Our work in Mali

At a glance

The landlocked West African country of Mali is one of the world's poorest nations. The government only spends a yearly average of $33 per person on health care, compared with $5,274 in the US.

Sightsavers and Mali

Sightsavers started working in Mali in 1991 with the funding of a community-based Mectizan® distribution project to protect people against river blindness. In 2004 we celebrated the distribution of our 50 millionth Mectizan® tablet. Other projects include helping people who are irreversibly blind to lead independent lives, as well as preventing and curing blindness in some of the poorest parts of the country.

Meet Sory from Mali

Seventy-five year old Sory Diarra has been blind since 1988, due to river blindness. He lives in Tienfala Gare in Koulikoro, a region to the east of Bamako, the capital of Mali.

Helping hands

A Sightsavers-supported project in Mali is giving blind people their independence back.

Banking with a difference

A novel initiative in Mali is helping blind people trade in cereal.

An effective collaboration in Mali

In November our Chief Executive, Caroline Harper, visited parts of Francophone Africa: the French-speaking countries of Togo, Benin and Mali. She shares her experiences meeting partners and beneficiaries in Mali... 

Tienfala: a shining example

Farmers made a profit of CFA 395,750 (£465) earlier this year, selling food crops grown at the “Jardin des Aveugles” (Garden of the Blind) at Tienfala, Mali. But life in Tienfala wasn’t always like this... 

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