MARIKANI will lead the FEMHealth research and dissemination work in Mali.

The work was previously undertaken by an independent research and consulting group based in Bamako- CAREF. To date, CAREF has led 60 studies of which 46 relate specifically to health. CAREF works in partnership with research institutions, academic institutions, and nongovernmental organizations. In six years of existence, CAREF has worked with or performed services for 42 organizations throughout the world. CAREF is currently working with the National Directorate of Health of Mali on evaluation of free Caesarean section policy and fee exemption for the treatment of malaria in Mali for the under 5s.

Mamadou Kani Konaté is a senior sociologist with 33 years research experience using qualitative and quantitative techniques. His research for international organizations has covered the health sectors. He has designed and implemented Mali first national Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and analyzed and published the results. He is former Member of two WHO Geneva Committees: Research Strengthening Group - RSG (2001-2003) and Strategic Social, Economic and Behavioural Research - SEB (2003-2004). He was also Chairperson of the WHO Geneva ‘Committee “Research Capability Strengthening Plus (RCS+) for Health Social Sciences in Implementation Research for Tropical Diseases Control” (2003-2006). He will lead WP8 and will supervise the qualitative components of the WP.

Professor Mamadou Traoré is specialized in gynaecology obstetrics and senior lecturer at the faculty of Medicine. Since November 2003, is the head doctor of the district reference health centre (CSREF) of the commune V in Bamako City. This centre is the largest in terms of number of births in Bamako (on average 8000 per year). Pr. Traoré collaborates with the CAREF in the project QUARITE (l’Essai QUAlité des soins, gestion du RIsque et TEchniques obstétricales dans les pays en développement) documenting maternal mortality over a period of 4 years by collecting information on 50,000 deliveries per year, based on a national sample of health centres. He will be in charge of the health system component (POEM study and realist evaluation).

Dr Doufain Traoré is a medical doctor and a health economist. She’s got a Master in Health economics and Public Health. Dr Doufain was resident at the district reference health centre of the Commune V in Bamako where she in charge of consultations and Emergency Obstetric Care. She is the coordinator the project QUARITE at CAREF. He will be in charge of the implementation of the financing component of the project

Assima Amidou is an economist and statistician. After a licence in Mathematics at the University of Lome and a training of engineer at the National High School of Statistics and Applied Economics of Abidjan, he did a professional training at the Directory of Statistics and National accounts. His background in Econometrics and macro-economics models led him to participate to several studies in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin and Togo. He was in charge of the statistics lectures at the Catholic University of Lomé. In CAREF, he is in charge of study design and sample calculation. He will be in charge of the data management of the project.