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PARADISS: Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Education in Mali

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is supporting the National Institute of Training in Health Sciences (INFSS) in Mali to strengthen its educational capacity in Sexual and Reproductive Health. INFSS is Mali’s reference institute for Bachelor- and Master-level training of paramedics. After their graduation these paramedics provide Sexual and Reproductive Health services throughout Mali. Altogether, INFSS trains about half of all the nurses and midwifes at Bachelor level and about all the Master level specialist nurses and midwifes in Mali. INFSS is based in Bamako the capital and has four dependences in different regions in Mali.

INFSS aims to enhance the quality of its graduates in the area of sexual and reproductive health, in order to contribute to the Government’s goal of ensuring better reproductive health of the Malian population.

What are the main aims?

  1. Launch a new Master of Sexual and Reproductive Health
  2. Strengthen INFSS’ institutional capacity and educational infrastructure
  3. Obtain accreditation at the regional level, from the West-African Health Organization; and at the national level

What are the focus themes/strategies?

SRHR curriculum development, improving quality of education and research, strengthening human resource management and financial procedures, and mainstreaming gender throughout the institute.


The following results are worked on for a duration of 5 years:

1) Launch of a new Master of Reproductive Health

2) Strengthening institutional capacity and educational infrastructure

3) Supporting INFSS in obtaining national and international accreditation

Services delivered

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations.