4 March 2013: Since February 2012, more than 54,117 Malian refugees have crossed the border into Mauritania. The French-led military campaign in Mali in January 2013 significantly increased the number of Malian refugees seeking refuge in south-eastern Mauritania. Mauritania—one of the region’s poorest nations—was severely affected by the drought in 2012. Therefore, the Malian refugees add a new dimension to Mauritania’s humanitarian challenges.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$4,470,372 to seven UN agencies.
CERF allocates US$722,992 to prevent Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Mauritania
6 December 2012: In October 2012, an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever was reported in Mauritania. Within one month, 32 communities in 15 districts were affected. The most affected people have been in Tagant, Brakna, Assaba, Hodh Gharbi, Hodh Ech Chargui and Trarza regions.