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Principal Investigator: Mohamed Ag Ali Ahmed & Birama Apho Ly (University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB))


This study aims to contribute to an effort to contextualise and adapt public health measures among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in order to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.

To do so, it will focus on:

  • the challenges faced by decision makers and humanitarian actors when implementing measures,
  • the difficulties faced by IDPs living in Bamako and Segou when adopting these measures, and
  • the adjustments made by these IDPs to overcome difficulties.

These questions are not answered yet in the case of Mali. This study will try to understand how the COVID-19 response could be supported through improved implementation and adoption of these measures by IDPs.

A qualitative exploratory study involving semi-structured interviews and focus groups will be led. The participants will be administrative, political and health authorities; humanitarian actors; and IDPs living in Bamako and Ségou.

Dr. Mohamed Ag Ali Ahmed

Principal Investigator

To slow or stop the spread of Covid-19 among vulnerable people such as IDPs, public health measures must be adapted to their socioeconomic realities. This is what this research will contribute to. Propositions will be made to authorities and humanitarian actors to improve the response against COVID-19.

Expected Outcomes

This study will provide a better understanding of the challenges encountered by the authorities and humanitarian actors in implementing the isolation, quarantine, social distancing and containment measures adopted in Mali in the context of the fight against COVID-19.

It will make it possible to identify the difficulties (socio-cultural, economic, demographic, etc.) encountered by IDPs in the context of the adoption of these measures in Mali as part of the fight against COVID-19.

Finally, it will provide a better understanding of the adjustments made by IDPs to overcome the difficulties. The results will contribute to advancing scientific knowledge and improving the adoption and implementation of the four measures.

Related Resources

Report COVID-19

Mise en oeuvre des mesures de santé publique chez les personnes déplacées internes (PDIs) au cours de la pandémie de la COVID 19 en Afrique fracophone: le cas du Mali.

Policy Brief COVID-19

Policy brief: Les mesures d’isolement et de quarantaine font face à des défis dans leur adoption et leur mise en oeuvre chez les personnes déplacées internes au Mali

Policy Brief COVID-19

Policy brief: Les mesures de distanciation physique contre la Covid-19 ne peuvent être adoptées par les personnes déplacées internes au Mali

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