State of the World’s Newborns: Mali, Executive Summary

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An estimated nine million inhabitants from some 20 ethnic groups make up Mali’s population which is 70 percent rural and 80 present Muslim. As in many poor countries, the difficulty of reaching rural inhabitants with health services – or of rural people reaching health services in town – is a major factor behind Mali’s grim health statistics. The government of Mali is working to change familial attitudes toward newborn health. The goal is to help families feel less burdened by the inevitability of infant death and more capable of taking actions to protect their children.


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