In Mali, CHAMPS works with the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) which is affiliated with the University of Maryland. CVD-Mali’s mission is to prevent, control and treat endemic and epidemic infectious diseases, as well as train Malian specialists who will expand that work in the future.
CVD-Mali has participated in two recent research studies: the Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) which conducted population-based research of moderate to severe diarrhea; and the Pneumonia Etiology Research in Child Health (PERCH) study, which concentrated on severe pneumonia in children under five years of age.
CVD-Mali is integrally connected to Mali’s Ministry of Health, which ensures an opportunity to bring research results to the attention of decision makers and directly impact public health policy – a key component of CHAMPS’s Data to Action strategy.
The Mali Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene (MoH) is the national ministry of health of Mali. Mali's MoH is responsible for healthcare provision for the country and works in conjunction with CVD-Mali, which serves as a part of the ministry of health, to introduce new vaccines and to monitor impact of vaccine introduction. Mali's MoH brings research results to the attention of decision-makers and impacts national public health policy.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an affiliate of the CVD-Mali. The CVD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine works to develop, test, and deploy vaccines to aid the world’s underserved populations. The CVD offers laboratory expertise from basic research through vaccine development, conducts pre-clinical and clinical evaluation, and large-scale field studies.
In 2001, a formal agreement between the Ministry of Health of Mali and the CVD at the University of Maryland established a unit in Mali to respond to health challenges in Mali and West Africa.