Mali, like the rest of the world, is urbanizing.

Growth in the bustling capital city, Bamako, has been rapid, unregulated and uneven. Newcomers often make their homes in informal, quickly-settled neighborhoods that usually lack basic services like improved water and electricity, or sanitation and health services.

Mali Health works in 8 peri-urban communities across Bamako. It is easy to make the assumption that more resources exist in urban communities, but in the peri-urban communities where we work, resources are extremely limited.

Residents of peri-urban communities often live below the international poverty line, and struggle to access education or economic opportunities that could help them overcome poverty. At the same time, these are dynamic and busy neighborhoods and residents are eager to come together to improve their communities.

As Bamako continues to grow rapidly, investment in health infrastructure and services today will determine health outcomes and urban living conditions in the future.

Read more about the effect of urban inequality on maternal and child

health in Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report.

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