30 May 2013: New surveys by the UN estimate that hundreds of thousands of people are food insecure in Senegal. Last year’s UN investigations estimated that 255,600 children aged between 6 and 59 months were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition, whereas another 31,900 pregnant and lactating women and 38,900 children under age 5 were suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Floods in August 2012 and soaring food prices have exacerbated the food insecurity situation in Senegal.
According to this year’s UN surveys, more than 120 villages in nine regions are prone to food insecurity. Diourbel Kédougou, Tambacounda, Matam, Thies, St. Louis, Kolda, Fatick Kaffrine Luga and Sédhiou are the most affected; malnutrition has already claimed the lives of 97 children in these regions.
In response to this unfolding humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$3,038,387 to four UN agencies.
The World Food Programme (WFP) received $1,547,352 to provide nutritional supplements that will strengthen affected children’s nutrition levels.
With an allocation of $499,423, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide therapeutic milk and hygiene kits. UNICEF will also increase the nutrition surveillance in Senegal.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has received $783,562 to restore agricultural-production capacity among affected households.
Through an allocation of $208,050, the World Health Organization (WHO) will strengthen management at health facilities.