U.S. Government Partnership with Malian Government to Ensuring Quality and Effectiveness of Health Commodities

 Embassy of the United States in Mali

Press Release

 Bamako, Mali, August 1, 2019

On July 18, 2019, United States Ambassador to Mali Dennis B. Hankins joined Mali’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Michel Hamala Sidibé, to inaugurate Mali s first prefabricated central medical storage warehouse.  The new Bamako state-of-the-art warehouse will provide much-needed central storage space for public health commodities, enabling the Ministry to provide quality, life-saving health commodities to millions of Malians.

During the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador Dennis B. Hankins underscored the joint nature of the project, highlighting how it is a part of Mali’s journey to self-reliance, “Both our governments contributed to the financing and construction of this new warehouse.  This is an important step in Mali’s journey to self-reliance, to have a Malian-led and Malian-financed health care system, thereby ensuring that Malians will have access to the care they need long into the future.”

Mali’s Minister of Health echoed these statements, emphasizing the Ministry’s commitment to managing the warehouse, and “continuing to offer support, prevent leakages, and monitor the expiration of commodities to ensure better health care for our citizens.”

The $4.3 million warehouse was constructed in partnership with Malian’s Ministry of Health and will double Mali’s central medical storage capacity.  This architectural feat is the result of several years of close collaboration between the Malian and U.S. governments.

The warehouse features smooth dust-free floor surfaces, temperature regulating systems, security systems, thermal insulated ceilings, and warehouse handling equipment.  In combination with USAID supply chain projects, the warehouse will guarantee continual improvements in quality assurance and management of the supply chain in Mali, benefiting a wide range of stakeholders and ensuring better health care for Malian citizens.

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