Responding to increasing humanitarian needs
Despite the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2015, ongoing insecurity has fuelled an important increase in humanitarian needs in Mali, particularly in the northern and central regions. Climate change, chronic food shortages, natural disasters and population displacements have all compounded the situation and disproportionately affect children and women, who continue to bear the brunt of the crisis. In 2021, 3.2 million children will need humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, humanitarian access remains a challenge and UNICEF works relentlessly with partners to deliver life-saving assistance to the children that need it most, leaving no one behind.
To reduce the impact of conflict and natural disasters on the population, UNICEF in Mali supports the Malian government in the development and implementation of preparedness planning and rapid response to humanitarian crises. UNICEF supports the Ministry of health and social development as well as other Government entities and works hand in hand with humanitarian and development partners, but also with civil society, to provide essential social services to affected communities.
In particular, UNICEF in Mali supports:
- Response to the nutrition crisis through providing lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition, contributing to strengthening the Ministry of Health’s integrated management of acute malnutrition, and scaling up preventive hygiene and feeding practices;
- Provision of safe drinking water at the community level through trucking in fresh water and distributing kits for home-based treatment of water as well as construction and rehabilitation of water points for permanent water access;
- Provision of comprehensive child protection support comprising psychosocial support and reintegration services for children associated with armed groups and survivors of gender-based violence;
- Uninterrupted learning for children in insecure areas through advocacy for the reopening of schools, setting up community learning centres and provision of school supplies to the most vulnerable children.