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Mali: Aid agencies seek US$263M to reach to 1.56M people with humanitarian aid

14 Feb 2018


Aid agencies in Mali today launched the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the country, which is seeking US $263 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people. The humanitarian community is focusing in particular on addressing food security and nutrition, protection, health services, water, hygiene and sanitation, and education.

About 5.1 million people - more than 27 percent of the total population - live in areas affected by the security crisis, with food insecurity affecting more than one in five people. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition increased by more than 10% - from 142,000 to an alarming 165,000. These children are nine times more likely to die in case of illness because of a weakened immune system.

Of these, more than 4 million will not be self-sufficient to meet their basic needs in the northern regions, in Mopti and up to certain circles in Segou (Macina and Niono). The Humanitarian Response Plan in Mali aims to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable to strengthen their access to basic social services, improve their livelihoods and resilience, and strengthen emergency preparedness. It focuses on emergency response, while encouraging the adoption of sustainable solutions in connection with development actors. It mainly targets the most vulnerable populations, taking into account the changing political and security context and the ability of actors to intervene on the ground.

"Today, with this joint plan, the humanitarian actors renew their commitment alongside the Malian people", said Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali. "But the world must stop observing the crisis only through a purely security prism. The current politico-security crisis comes in particular juxtapose with a chronic vulnerability inherent in natural hazards. Thus, the effects of climate change are perceptible with the rarefaction and irregularity of the rains, the early declines in the interior delta of Niger and the silting up of cultivable land. These factors promote food and nutritional insecurity and cause forced displacement of populations with the risk of community tensions and the deschooling of children."

Schools have continued to close at a steady, significant rate in recent months - from 297 in 2016 to 500 at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. "A real implementation of the Humanitarian-Development Nexus in the wake of the "New Way of Working", to which the humanitarian and development communities, donors and governments have committed themselves, is an opportunity for the Malian government and its partners to strengthen development actions in the areas affected by the crisis".

Key aspects of the humanitarian response

Fight food insecurity and malnutrition
Strengthen the response to health emergencies
Address the protection of children and inequalities