01 Aug EUTM MALI SUPPORTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW INFIRMARY IN NAMPALA
The project is implemented by Expertise France, was initiated and is supported by EUTM Mali and concerns three localities including Nampala. The whole project will mobilize from 3 to 4 M€.
On 16 July a EUTM Mali mission was organized to Nampala (220 km North-East of Bamako). The aim was to visit the site where a detachment of the FAMa is stationed which was selected as the location where a garrison infirmary will be built which will also be open to the civilian population. This is part of the EU’s “Capacity building in support of security and development” (CBSD) project. The CBSD project, to be implemented by Expertise France, was initiated and supported by EUTM Mali and involves three localities including Nampala and has a budget of €3 to 4 million. Two officers from EUTM Mali, a representative from Expertise France and a Malian representative from the “Direction Centrale du Service de Santé des Armées” (DCSSA) were involved in this critical mission.
The aim was to collect technical and topographical information on the site in order to adapt the plans for the future infirmary; to evaluate the security conditions that will have to be taken into account for the construction of the building and its access, and to specify the local care offer as well as the profile of the beneficiary population.
As the Nampala garrison had already been the object of several attacks, including one in 2016 which had caused the death of some 15 FAMa soldiers, this reconnaissance was carried out by helicopter as it is a sensitive area and was accompanied by a protection detachment and supported by a FAMa Mi24 helicopter.
The mission gathered a great deal of information on the spot which will enable Nampala to become a pilot site for reproducing this type of infirmary elsewhere in the country.