FORCE (Education on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) – Mali

FORCE Mali
FORCE Mali

22 January 2022

Continent: Africa

Duration: 2019-2021

Donor: NUFFIC

Partner: National Institute of Health Sciences Training (INFSS), Ecole de Santé 'Amadou Garba Koita' de Mopti (ESM-AGK, Ecole de Santé Espoir de Koutiala (ESK), Ecole de Formation des Infirmiers et Auxiliaires de Santé N'GOUINSO (EFIAS), KIT Institut Royale Tropique, and the Department of Education and Research in Public Health of the University of Mali (DERSP).

09 September 2019

In Mali, specifically in Mopti and Sikasso, young people and adolescents have difficulty exercising their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). This has direct implications, such as a high rate of adolescent fertility, early marriage, and female genital mutilation/cutting. Health care providers are key actors in addressing the sexual and reproductive health problems of young people and adolescents, but often lack up-to-date training on their SRHR needs. Therefore, there is a need to strengthen the quality of training for health providers.

FORCE is a partnership of the National Institute of Health Sciences Training (INFSS) through the two branches of Mopti and Sikasso; the Association of Private Health Schools (AESP); three (3) private health schools: one in Mopti: Ecole de Santé ‘Amadou Garba Koita’ de Mopti (ESM-AGK); and in Koutiala : Ecole de Santé Espoir de Koutiala (ESK) and in Sikasso: Ecole de Formation des Infirmiers et Auxiliaires de Santé N’GOUINSO (EFIAS); KIT Institut Royale Tropique, CINOP and the Department of Education and Research in Public Health of the University of Mali (DERSP).

Goal

The objective of the FORCE project is to strengthen the quality of training for health technicians and senior health technicians in order to improve the provision of sexual and reproductive health and rights care for young people and adolescents. The project aims to achieve the following long-term effects:

  • Better information and greater freedom of choice for young people on sexuality issues
  • Improved public and private health care for family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, including safe abortion.

Our approach

With a holistic approach, the project focuses on several levels:

  • Integration of sexual and reproductive health of young people and adolescents, gender and social inclusion into the curricula of health technicians and senior health technicians
  • Training of trainers of public and private health schools in Mopti and Sikasso in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Youth
  • Training in strategic planning and results-based management, communication, and advocacy (CINOP’s focus within the project)
  • Development and implementation of quality assurance systems
  • Development and implementation of institutional policies on gender and social inclusion
  • Development of a network of public and private health education institutions to advocate for the harmonization of quality assurance measures.

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