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Mali Facts

  • Mali's annual per capita income is estimated at  $250 US
  • Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world
  • 25% of the Malian population live directly from cotton production
  • Most villagers eat one meal per day, which is rice
  • Most children have severe tooth decay and erosion
  • It is not uncommon to see a 2 year old walking around by themselves
  • Nearly 1 out of every 4 children never reaches his/her 5th birthday
  • 12 out of every 100 babies die during their first month of life
  • Malnutrition is found in almost 1 of every 3 children who do survive that critical first year
  • The incidence of malnutrition is even higher in years where there is drought
  • For every 100,000 mothers that give birth, 580 die during or after delivery
  • Only 25 women out of 100 receive prenatal care
  • Only 24 out of every 100 women deliver their babies with a skilled personal
  • There are insufficient public/private medical services and specialized clinics
  • Poor education, particularly girls
  • Lack of sufficient income
  • Lack of trained surgeons, obstetricians, gynecologists and pediatricians
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