Map of Mali
UNICEF photo: In July 2013, children from Bahadou 2 school in Timbuktu, North of Mali, received education kits © UNICEF Mali/2013/Dicko In July 2013, children from Bahadou 2 school in Timbuktu, North of Mali, received education kits

Mali

In 2014, UNICEF and partners plan for:
107,000

severely malnourished children aged 6 to 59 months receive adequate quality treatment for severe acute malnutrition

450,000

people in the north are provided with secured access to safe water through construction and rehabilitation of water systems

460,000

crisis-affected children have access to quality basic education

2014 Requirements: US$57,872,500

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Humanitarian situation

Snapshot

Total affected population: 2,252,0002
Total affected children: 1,595,0003

Total people to be reached in 20144: 1,017,000
Total children to be reached in 2014: 888,000

The conflict that broke out in northern Mali in 2012 aggravated pre-existing structural crises, including malnutrition and food insecurity. Although the newly elected government, established in September 2013, helped to provide some stability in the country, the situation in the north remains highly volatile and complex. In May 2014, new fighting broke out in Kidal and the government has lost control in some parts of the north. While political solutions are being sought, humanitarian actors continue to play a critical role in supporting early recovery and social cohesion, which together contribute to peace building. Compounding the already difficult humanitarian situation is the nutrition crisis, which is still of significant concern. By the end of 2014, an estimated 496,000 children (aged 6 to 59 months) will suffer from acute malnutrition, including 136,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).1 Strengthening the resilience of communities to cope with recurrent natural disasters and epidemics, including the newly emerging risk of Ebola, remains a priority.

Humanitarian strategy

2014 Revised Programme Targets

Nutrition

  • 107,000 severely malnourished children aged 6 to 59 months receive adequate quality treatment for SAM

Health

  • 120 health facilities revitalised in the north
  • At least 95 per cent of 337,000 children under 5 in the north are vaccinated against polio and receive vitamin A and deworming treatment
  • 2,350 medical staff in communities trained on diffusing message of prevention of Ebola

WASH

  • 450,000 affected people in the north provided with secured access to safe water
  • 107,000 severely malnourished children are taught good hygiene practices with their care givers/mothers, and provided with water treatment and hygiene kits

Child protection

  • 350,000 people are made aware of mine risks and unexploded ordinances
  • 500 children who are victims or at risk of conflict-related violence, abuse and exploitation have access to referral services and reintegration opportunities
  • 2,000 GBV survivors receive appropriate care and support

Education

  • 460,000 children affected by the conflict, food and nutrition crises have access to quality basic education and 40,000 (aged 3 to 5 years) have access to early childhood development activities

UNICEF is supporting the national humanitarian response to conflict-affected populations in the north and to the nutrition crisis in Mali. Specifically, UNICEF is working with partners to ensure the restoration of basic social services, including through: re-establishing and reinforcing basic health services, including the national vaccination cold chain system; constructing and rehabilitating water systems to improve access to safe water for 450,000 people; reintegrating 500,000 children into schools; improving education quality by training teachers, providing supplies and creating temporary learning spaces; raising awareness about mine risks and promoting social cohesion; providing assistance to separated children and children formerly associated with armed forces and groups to improve access to referral services and reintegration opportunities; and improving the quality and wider geographic coverage of services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). In response to the nutrition crisis, UNICEF will continue to focus on SAM treatment, including screening and the promotion of infant and young child feeding, addressing the structural causes of malnutrition through a multi-sector approach, and intensifying efforts to build resilience at the community level against natural disasters and epidemics.

Results 2014 (January to June)

From January to June 2014, UNICEF worked closely with government and NGO partners to restore and reinforce basic social services in conflict-affected areas. This included revitalising health service delivery in Timbuktu and Gao, and providing medical supplies to 105 health facilities. UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, worked on Ebola prevention and preparedness through the provision of supplies and communication efforts reaching 62,500 people in high-risk communities. UNICEF and partners supported the 2013-2014 Back to School initiative which included providing school materials to over 412,000 children, and providing training and teaching materials to 8,000 teachers. UNICEF continues to support the monitoring and reporting mechanism on grave child rights violations, and has provided assistance to 261 children affected by conflict and 589 survivors of GBV. In nutrition, UNICEF supported the conduct of nutrition surveys and the development of a nutrition plan, and worked with partners to enable 1,311 health units to treat SAM, benefitting over 51,012 children aged under 5 years. As cluster/sub-cluster lead, UNICEF facilitated effective coordination in the areas of nutrition, WASH, education and child protection.

* The targets of UNICEF and cluster are the same for SAM treatment as UNICEF is the only actor directly supporting the programme while the others support complementary activities; ** UNICEF has planned activities for the remaining 2014 which will address the target set out for the year.

Funding requirements

In line with Mali’s inter-agency Humanitarian Needs Overview and 2014 Strategic Response Plan,5 UNICEF is appealing for US$57,872,500 to meet the humanitarian needs of children and women in Mali in 2014. As of 30 June, 2014, US$30,189,454, or 52 per cent of funds were available against the 2014 appeal. Additional humanitarian funding will be critical to enable UNICEF to respond to the humanitarian needs of women and children affected by the conflict and to the nutrition crisis, as well as to address the emerging needs including Ebola prevention, which has increased health sector costs by US$500,000.

*Includes funds carried over from 2013. Out of total funds available US$9,959,200 were received in 2014, including recovery costs.

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1 The estimated number of acutely malnourished children is based on the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2014.
2 The estimated population in the north is 1.53 million, including 873,000 children under 18. There are also an estimated 496,000 acutely malnourished children aged 6 to 59 months in Mali, of which 85 per cent are in the south; 254,822 internally displaced persons; 1,338,441 people at risk of cholera; and 60,000 people at potential risk of floods, with overlaps between these groups
3 Ibid
4 These estimated figures do not include indirect beneficiaries benefiting from community/facility-based programmes.
5 Requirements for the Sahel countries are provisional, as inter-agency Strategic Response Plans were under revision at the time of publication.