Rights and Innovations in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Kayes (Yellen)

Area of Expertise

  • Gender Equality

Means of Action

  • Development
Country Country

Mali / Kayes

Length Length

April 2020 May 2025

Beneficiaries Beneficiaries

8 partner organizations 
676,990 women (67,699 teenage girls)
1,327,431 inhabitants of the Kayes region

Partners Partners

Regional Directorate of Health
Regional Directorate for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family
Social Development and Solidarity Economy Department
Regional Federation of Community Health Associations
Kayes Academy of Education

Budget Budget

CAD 20,217,080

Mali was experiencing a turbulent socio-political situation in 2020 when the project started. Several episodes of protests and strikes by different workers’ unions have disrupted the work of the government. A military coup was orchestrated on August 18, 2020, putting an end to these protests. Thus started an eighteen-month transition period, with the establishment of a government and transitional bodies. Under the new government, the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene (MSHP) became the Ministry of Health and Social Development (MSDS). The project also launched in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the temporary suspension of several government action plans and support programs, to the detriment of women’s and teenage girls’ health-related rights.


The ultimate goal of the project is to contribute to the transformation of unequal gender relations in matters of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and teenage girls in seven districts of the Kayes region: Bafoulabé, Diéma, Nioro, Oussoubidiagna, Sagabari, Séféto and Yélimané.


To achieve this ultimate outcome, the Yellen project is articulated around three complementary intermediate results:

1. Increased decision-making power for women and adolescent girls (15–19 year-old) over their SRHR, including family planning

The activities will mainly aim to remove the barriers affecting access to and demand for SRHR, especially in terms of education and access to information, geographic access, financial access, culture, gender inequalities and social acceptability. This will be achieved through training and awareness building within the communities and by strengthening women’s leadership, encouraging changes in behaviour and attitudes, including for men and teenage boys, and transforming the unequal relations between women and men.

2. Increased supply of quality services related to SRHR that meet the needs expressed by women and adolescent girls aged 15 to 19, including GBV-related care and family planning 

To achieve this result, we will improve the quality of services offered for SRH care, taking into account the needs of women and adolescent girls. This will be done by supporting healthcare providers to ensure access to a quality technical platform, sensitive to the specific needs of women and adolescent girls and respectful of their rights (reception, privacy, confidentiality). The project will rehabilitate current healthcare structures and support the improvement of equipment, materials and supplies to ensure a quality service offering.

3. Improved leadership of regional education academies, the Regional Health Direction (DRS), the Regional Social Development and Solidarity Economy Direction (DRDS-ES), the Regional Direction for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family (DRPFEF) and the districts’ management teams for the defence of sexual and reproductive health rights, the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender-based violences.

For this outcome we will work at the regional and local levels with the qualified personnel of reference health centres (CSRéf) and community health centres (CSCom), as well as with the faculty members of high schools and vocational training centres, to build their communication skills on matters of sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality and GBV. This work will be done to ensure that stakeholders have the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate effectively on these issues, particularly with women and teenage girls, decision makers, key actors and the population in general. Mechanisms will be put in place to monitor, oversee and support the core groups of trainers.

The project in figures

Nombre de femmes et adolescentes qui seront formées en leadership féminin


Number of women and adolescent girls who will be trained in women's leadership


Number of schools of husbands/of my age to be established or strengthened


Number of community health centers to be rehabilitated


Number of women reached through awareness campaigns on gender equality, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive rights

676 990


Documents and news

News | February 05 2024

Mali - The Yellen project supports the organization of the Kayes Scientific Days

Last December, the 5th edition of the Kayes Scientific Days (JSK) took place under the theme: Innovations in reproductive health, challenges and prospects. Here's a look back at this major scientific event in the region.

News | December 19 2023

Mali - Lycée Public de Yélimané students at the heart of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign

Students from the Lycée Public de Yélimané made their voices heard and actively supported the activities organized during this significant event.

News | April 06 2023

The Canadian government's commitment recognized through the Yellen Project.

Last January, the Governor of the Kayes region in Mali awarded the Canadian Cooperation a certificate of recognition for its achievements through the Yellen project.

News | March 16 2023

Youth health in Mali: Last step before launching the Ki La Di pilot project

Since the fall of 2022, digital platforms have been implemented and tested in four high schools in the Kayes region to inform young people about their rights and raise their awareness of reproductive health issues.

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