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UNICEF is requesting US$37.5 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in Mali in 2015.

In 2015, UNICEF and partners plan for:

severely malnourished children under 5 are newly admitted for treatment


people are made aware of the risk of mines and UXOs


children (ages 3 to 15 years) affected by conflict and natural disasters have access to quality basic education

2015 Requirements: US$37,500,000

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Humanitarian situation


Total affected population: 2.4 million
Total affected children: 1.7 million

Total people to be reached in 2015: 802,000
Total children to be reached in 2015: 495,000

Nearly three years after its eruption, the conflict in northern Mali has an impact still felt across the country and most poignantly in Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal regions. Access to basic social services in the north remains limited in many places and non-existent in others. Due to the conflict and insecurity, there still remain over 86,000 internally displaced persons and 139,000 refugees in neighbouring countries. While efforts toward finding a political solution to the conflict in the north continue, humanitarian partners are playing a critical role in supporting lifesaving interventions through re-establishing basic social services as well as reinforcing social cohesion through peace building at the community level. The slow-onset food and nutrition crisis remains a major concern, with an estimated total of 181,000 children ages 6-59 months suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in 2015. UNICEF will continue to work with the Government on addressing the needs of malnourished children, as well as building the capacities of communities to respond to crises and reinforce their resilience against them, including natural disasters and conflict. The humanitarian situation is also marked by the threat of a further spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, cases of which were confirmed in Mali in 2014.1

Humanitarian strategy

2015 Programme Targets


  • 136,000 severely malnourished children under 5 are newly admitted for treatment


  • At least 95 per cent of 521,064 children under 5 in the north are vaccinated against polio and measles, and receive vitamin-A and deworming treatment
  • At least 50,000 people in targeted areas in the north provided with access to health care through NGO support.


  • 300,000 affected people in the north provided with access to safe water through the construction and rehabilitation of water systems
  • 30,000 caregivers of acutely malnourished children in selected targeted areas receive information on proper hygiene practices and provided with water treatment and hygiene kits

Child protection

  • 250,000 people are made aware of mine risks and UXOs
  • 15,000 children who are affected by or at risk of conflict-related violence, abuse and exploitation have access to referral services and reintegration opportunities
  • 1,000 GBV survivors receive holistic care and support


  • 200,000 children (ages 3 to 15 years) affected by the conflict and natural disasters have access to quality basic education.

UNICEF will continue working with partners including national counterparts to improve access to and the quality of basic social services, including for populations in the north. This includes the rehabilitation of infrastructure to ensure access to safe water for 300,000 people; support for improved quality education (targeting 200,000 children) with a focus on returnees and nomadic populations; peacebuilding and mine risk education; support to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and to the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM), in addition to mainstreaming child protection across all UNICEF sectors of intervention. UNICEF will also prioritize its response to the nutrition crisis in Mali through integrated nutrition, health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions. Using innovative approaches with new technologies, UNICEF will address monitoring and reporting of nutritional information and support disaster preparedness for flooding. UNICEF humanitarian action will also keep its focus on the Ebola crisis preparedness and response through strengthening the capacity of health facilities and staff, hygiene promotion, and social mobilisation.

Results from 2014

With US$34 million of the US$56.7 million appeal available at the end of November, UNICEF’s response focused on building national and local capacity to restore basic social services in conflict-affected areas, providing support for the nutrition response as well as carrying out emergency response and prevention for the Ebola crisis in support of the Ministry of Health. As a result of the Back to School initiative, 74 per cent of schools in Gao and Timbuktu have reopened and 424,000 crisis-affected children have received education supplies during the 2013-14 school year. UNICEF has continued to provide training on child protection, including on the MRM of grave violations of children’s rights and mine risk education, which reached over 226,000 people in 2014. UNICEF and partners were also able to provide psychosocial support to over 21,000 children and 800 survivors of GBV affected by the crisis and to reunify 8 children formerly associated with armed forces and groups after temporary care and psychological support. UNICEF and partners have also supported 97 health facilities in conflict-affected areas with basic medicines and materials, including provision of Vitamin-A for 484,500 children. UNICEF worked with partners to ensure that 7.5 million children nationwide are vaccinated against polio, including over 530,000 children located in conflict-affected northern areas. UNICEF supported nutrition surveys (SMART) and a coverage survey of the SAM treatment program. Nearly 40,000 mothers/caregivers of acutely malnourished children benefitted from hygiene kits and hygiene awareness-raising activities. Throughout the year UNICEF supported humanitarian coordination in collaboration with government and non-governmental partners as the lead agency of the nutrition, WASH and education clusters and the child protection sub-cluster.

Funding requirements

In line with the country’s inter-agency 2015 Strategic Response Plan, which will be launched in February 2015, UNICEF Mali is appealing for US$37.5 million to support the country in responding to the needs of the women and children affected by the conflict and the nutrition crisis in 2015. Early recovery for the conflict-affected areas, building the resilience of children and their families, and ensuring social cohesion are key to long-term stability. These requirements do not include Ebola prevention and response activities which are covered separately in the Sub-regional Ebola HAC for 2014-2015; in the Ebola HAC, UNICEF Mali is appealing for US$8,575,000 for Ebola prevention and response. These requirements do not include Ebola prevention and preparedness activities which are covered separately in the sub-regional Ebola HAC for 2014-2015.

1 As of 12 December, 2014: Seven confirmed and one probable cases of EVD since 23 October (6 deaths), with 1 case in Kayes and the remaining cases in Bamako. A regional appeal for Ebola includes Mali.
2 Low achievement for this indicator is attributed to a delay in implementation of measles immunization campaign, which was expected to start in October and will be now rolled out in 2015.
3 To date, UNICEF has taken into care all children arrested or detained on the battlefield. Others may have spontaneously demobilized and returned to their communities. Initial planning figures included the latter.
4 To be aligned with the Mali SRP, which will be finalized in February 2015.