The Sahel: Humanitarian snapshot (June 2012)
The Sahel region is grappling with a severe food and nutrition crisis. The humanitarian community is scaling up response to this crisis, but significant funding gaps remain. Urgent support is needed to ensure that programmes are in place before the crisis peaks in June.
The crisis is further exacerbated by the consequences of the conflict that has plagued northern Mali. Widespread humanitarian needs persist in Mali while neighboring countries are faced with an influx of refugees to areas already among the most severely affected by the food and nutrition crisis.
In addition, a meningitis epidemic continues to affect Chad, the Gambia, Burkina Faso and Mali. Cholera is also expected to get worse as the rainy season approaches, particularly in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Mali.
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