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Country Brief: Mali


CHISU will soon be providing support to the Bamako, Koulikoro, Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Gao regions to improve coordination of malaria data systems; strengthen the implementation of guidelines and digital tools; and improve the availability and quality (accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and internal consistency) of malaria data through strengthening the review and analysis of malaria data at both central and regional levels. CHISU will also provide support in conducting malaria Routine Data Quality Assessment (mRDQA) and developing and disseminating data analysis products, including automated malaria bulletins and reports. 

Recently, CHISU worked at the central and subnational levels in Mali to bolster availability, quality, and use of COVID-19 data in order to improve the country’s response to the pandemic at all levels of the health system. To do this, CHISU collaborated with the Institut National de Santé Publique (Mali’s National Institute of Public Health), the Director General for Public Health and Hygiene (DGSHP), and the Cellule de Planification et de Statistique (Office of Planning and Statistics, or CPS) to better link the national COVID-19 crisis committee to established HIS governance structures in Mali, strengthen systems for collecting data related to COVID-19, and improve data quality processes and analytics as well as data use to respond to the pandemic.

Specifically, CHISU recently worked with Mali to:

  • Strengthen COVID-19 coordination bodies to coordinate activities, resolve implementation issues, and make joint decisions on technical matters related to the HIS
  • Expand the use of health management information systems for COVID-19 surveillance and data use, including supporting system enhancements such as customization, interoperability, and maintenance
  • Align COVID-19 data collection tools
  • Conduct an HIS interoperability maturity assessment and develop standards-based system interoperability guidelines
  • Enhance community-based surveillance for COVID-19
  • Conduct an information communication technology (ICT) assessment and procurement
  • Support development of a data quality assurance plan, COVID-19 data quality reviews, and supportive supervisions
  • Improve the COVID-19 SitRep (situation report) as well as COVID-19 dashboards 

Blog Posts

Heat map of vaccination allocation when weighted toward test positivity population.

Mali: Exploring the use of artificial intelligence for improved COVID-19 vaccine allocation

In Mali, traditional methods of data analysis have been helpful in understanding the COVID-19 situation on the ground at the time the data were collected. But these methods only help with creating reactive programming—which is often expensive and comes too late for the hardest hit populations. That’s why CHISU is exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate more proactive programming and improve Mali’s response to COVID-19 and future health emergencies. Read more ›

Success Stories

Data Quality Assurance to Improve Decision Making in Mali

CHISU Results in Action: Data Quality Assurance to Improve Decision Making in Mali


Mali just developed its first national Data Quality Assurance (DQA) Plan, an initiative that counted on CHISU’s support and included consultations with a wide range of Health Information System stakeholders.  Read more ›