I work in the micronutrient department, in charge of research and development. My role also requires me to help out with other activities in the division including the preparation of documents, training, supervision, monitoring and attending meetings. I also occasionally work with partner organisations and I frequently carry out field work.
I have been working within the Nutrition Division of the National Health Directorate for 16 months.
In Mali, malnutrition and deficiencies of micronutrients (vitamin A, iron and iodine) are major public health issues. The nutritional context of my community is characterised by a high prevalence of malnutrition (wasting, inadequate weight, stunting) especially in children under 5 and pregnant women.
A campaign which involved a mass distribution of vitamin A in July achieved positive results as 99% of lactating women and children under 5 received handouts of the vitamin. This activity will be carried out twice a year in addition to regular programmes.
One challenge is to develop a consultancy and coordination body which includes all stakeholders involved in nutrition. This would contribute to the better positioning of nutrition in policies and strategies which endeavour to increase economic growth and reduce poverty.
To provide a service to my country and to my people, especially to the children who are at most risk. Being a mother and having always worked in paediatrics, my source of inspiration is children.