Nutrition Crisis in Mali

This year, 1.6 million children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition

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Seated on the lap of his mother, Okachatata Ichaka, 16 months old, is found to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition during a screening at the health center of reference in Gao.
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18 July 2018

The nutritional situation of children under 5 years in the Sahel countries remains worrying and may worsen further during the lean season due to poor rainfall recorded in 2017.  This year, 1.6 million children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which is a 50 percent increase from 2012, the Sahel’s last major nutrition crisis.

Population displacements caused by insecurity and conflict also affects the nutritional status of children by disrupting access to basic services, including education, health, safe water, hygiene, and sanitation.

These factors, combined with food insecurity and inadequate dietary practices at home for young children and mothers, cause high levels of malnutrition among children.