Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a life expectancy of just 48 years. We've been working here since 1976 to help keep children healthy and in school.
More than half of Mali's population - some six million men, women and children - live in extreme poverty.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 83,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
More than half the population cannot read or write.
Female genital mutilation is widely accepted - more than three-quarters of women have been cut.
How we're helping
Children in Mali are particularly at risk of preventable diseases such as cholera, meningitis and measles. Thanks to Plan International's mobile healthcare projects, the numbers of children being immunised have almost doubled in the past two years.
Waterborne diseases are on the decrease as we work with communities and schools to provide hygienic toilets and handwashing pumps.
We are also helping to train community health workers, equip health centres and provide life-saving medication.
We are helping more children get a better education by training teachers in key subjects, giving schools better facilities and making sure children have the equipment they need to study and fulfil their potential.