Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international, non-profit organization, with 21 country offices world-wide. Created in 1915, HKI’s mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition through evidence-based programs. HKI opened in Sierra Leone in 2004 and currently receives funding from USAID, Irish Aid, UNICEF and others.
Country Program Overview
HKI started its programs in Mali in 1998 with an initial focus on nutrition. Currently, HKI’s program focuses on nutrition and the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The nutrition program works to prevent malnutrition through a behavior change approach focused on essential nutrition and hygiene actions in addition to strengthening the capacity of health centers to manage acute malnutrition. HKI also supports the Government of Mali for the supplementation of children under age five with Vitamin A.