The objective of the Mali Healthcare Professionnals Training Support Project (or DECLIC) is to help make available sufficient numbers of skilled human resources for front-line health services. Its knowledge-based strategic focus is therefore centered on training for doctors and accredited paramedics who provide front-line healthcare in community health centres (or CSCOMs).
To meet this objective, DECLIC supports three crucial and complementary components of the Malian health system:
- The Faculté de médecine et d’odontostomatologie (The Faculty of medicine and Odontostomatology, or FMOS);
- The Institut national de formation en sciences de la santé (The national health sciences training institute, or INFSS) and its three associated schools;
- The Centres de santé communautaire universitaires (University Community Health Centres, or CSCOM-Us) and their Associations de santé communautaire (Community Health Associations, or ASACOs).
The actions taken for this project make supportive contributions to staff training, inter-organizational research and knowledge sharing, and the development of a framework convention for more well defined collaborations between the ASACOs, CSCOMs, the FMOS and the INFSS.
DECLIC also works with transversal axes that are key to improving health systems, such as gender equity and environmental issues.
“The DECLIC project contributed a lot to improving the quality of care offered to a disadvantaged population, with training for the centre’s health staff, technical equipment, and construction and renovation work at the old CSCOM units. The project gave the CSCOM a new outlook that seems to have transformed it into a standard setting health centre.” – Dr Kalifa Diarra, Doctor and Director of the Ségué CSCOM