CERF gives $7 million to help people affected by conflict in Mali

24 July 2012: The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given US$6,896,415 to humanitarian partners in Mali to aid conflict-affected people.

Some 146,000 Malians have been internally displaced, and over 191,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries following the onset of fighting in January between Government forces and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.

This complex emergency strikes areas that are highly food-insecure following the 2011 drought. In addition, most basic services no longer function in the three northern regions and in parts of the country not under Government control. The crisis has adversely affected the education system, and most secondary-school students have moved to southern regions of Mali to resume schooling.

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CERF provides $6 million in response to drought, malnutrition and food security in Mali

14 March 2012: The 2011-2012 growing season in Mali has been devastated by a lack of rain, leading to a drop in agricultural productivity and reduced grazing sources for livestock, threatening the livelihoods of millions of small farmers and agro-pastoralists.

The national early warning system indicates that roughly 3.5 million people have become vulnerable. The current food and nutrition crisis affects one out of five Malians, with a possible peak expected during the dry season between April and September 2012.

Global acute malnutrition rates among children aged 6-59 months have reached critical levels in numerous regions of the country, hovering between 12 and 15 per cent. Some 40,000 children are affected by severe acute malnutrition while some 150,000 children are affected by moderate malnutrition in the country.


CERF allocates $1 million for coordination and support in Mali

7 March 2012: The Central Emergency Response Fund allocated US$1 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Mali to help WFP and partners access populations requiring humanitarian assistance through provision of humanitarian air services.

At present, humanitarian partners must travel several days on poor roads to reach affected populations in north-eastern Mali. Humanitarian air services have been requested by more than 20 humanitarian organizations and the donor community in the country. In addition to ensuring air services are available to humanitarian partners, medical and security evacuations from remote areas will be facilitated. The air services is expected to  help reduce delays in the delivery and coordination of humanitarian assistance in remote areas of the country.

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