Appeals & Response Plans
- Mauritania: Drought - May 2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Mauritania: Floods - Sep 2013
- Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2008
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2007
Maps & Infographics
“You’re going to Niger – hoping you can be there in a few days.”
My year started with my manager’s announcement that I’d be flying out to Niger – a little-known country in west Africa, where the early warning systems were signalling an impending food crisis.
Ten months later and we’ve achieved incredible results against a backdrop of scarce funds and ever-increasing needs.
It’s hurricane, cyclone, flood and storm season around the world. Hurricane Sandy has attracted most of the attention given the impact it’s had in the United States and the Caribbean.
However, it’s the peak season for natural disasters in many other countries too; Southern and South-East Asian countries have been responding to natural disasters on an almost monthly basis.
Whenever disasters strike, all children, no matter where, are vulnerable. But there’s an obvious inequality in a child’s chances of going back to school.
by Lourdes Collado
In the villages of Gorgol and Brakna regions, where we’re responding to the devastating Sahel food crisis, life goes on slowly in the shade.
There are colourful fabric tents and mats to lie down on to eat and rest while chatting over tea. The sun removes any trace of humidity and it’s essential to constantly drink water to avoid dehydration.
We’re in the cool season but it can still be 40 degrees in the shade. At night, the temperature is never lower than 30.
The lives of millions of children in many countries are blighted by recurrent, slow-onset emergencies. In two current chronic crises – the food crisis in east Africa that began in 2011, and the 2012 crisis in the Sahel region of west Africa – children’s well-being has plummeted.
Written by Lourdes Collado, External Communications Manager, Save the Children
Ousmane thinks he’s ten but isn’t really sure. When we meet him, he’s been helping his family plough fields and he’s covered in dried mud. We’re here to find out how the food crisis in the Sahel is impacting him and his family.
The figures are staggering: more than 18 million people are suffering from a food crisis caused by poor harvests, rising food prices and insecurity in neighbouring countries.
Millions in West Africa now living through permanent food crises, aid agency says
New report finds family’s ability to withstand shocks lies at heart of persistent food crises
Governments and donors must act now to save more than one million children at risk in the Sahel
Make improved nutrition in children the benchmark for success in all programmes, says World Vision
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WESTPORT, Conn. (June 26, 2012) — Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, with one million dying or suffering serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth every year, Save the Children said today.
by Hedinn Halldorsson
She speaks to me in Mòoré, the language of the Mossi people, spoken by 5 million in Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo.
Good morning to you too, I answer.
Her face is tattooed, according to her tribe’s tradition back in Mali. In her arms, her little son, being treated for malnutrition. Beside her is her husband, wearing a traditional tuareg coat and veil.
We’re in the Somgandé refugee camp in the outskirts of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.
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WESTPORT, Conn. (June 12, 2012) – Save the Children released new figures today that show the food crisis in West Africa has hit a tipping point: If aid isn't delivered to the poorest families in the most vulnerable zones in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, families may not be able to survive the lean season.
La COALITION HUMANITAIRE, qui réunit cinq importantes organisations d’aide canadiennes, lance un appel conjoint aujourd’hui pour aider les habitants de la région ouest-africaine du Sahel à survivre à la sécheresse et aux pénuries alimentaires. Plus de 18 millions de personnes sont menacées par la faim extrême. La COALITION HUMANITAIRE exhorte les Canadiens à appuyer cet effort de secours afin d’éviter une véritable catastrophe et de sauver des vies au Niger, au Mali, au Tchad, au Burkina Faso, en Mauritanie, au Sénégal et en Gambie.
Ottawa – The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, made up of five leading Canadian aid agencies, launches a joint appeal today to help the people of the Sahel region of West Africa survive drought and food shortages. More than 18 million people are at risk of severe hunger. The HUMANITARIAN COALITION urges Canadians to support this relief effort so that a catastrophe can be averted and lives can be saved in Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, and The Gambia.
11 June 2012
Save the Children is today launching a global appeal to tackle the worsening food crisis in West Africa, where more than 18 million people are facing hunger.
The charity has already scaled up its emergency operations in the Sahel region of West Africa, but says they have a funding shortfall of almost US$40 million.
They hope to close that gap and raise extra funds to bring help to 1.5 million people – including almost a million children – most urgently in need. Save the Children New Zealand is aiming to raise $400,000 for this appeal.
Save the Children welcomes the announcement by Minister Carr to increase humanitarian aid to the Sahel region of West Africa where 13 million people are at risk of severe hunger.
The announcement lifts the Australian Government’s aid package to humanitarian relief organisations responding to the West Africa food crisis to $20 million, still way short of the $128 million contributed by the Australian Government to help tackle last year’s food crisis on the other side of the continent in the Horn of Africa.
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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 23, 2012) – A huge gap in funding for aid projects aimed at preventing the deepening food crisis in the Sahel is threatening to leave millions of people hungry in the coming months, a coalition of aid agencies has warned today.
Alarm bells are already going off across West Africa. Families and children are struggling to survive. The hunger crisis the people of West Africa are currently experiencing is caused by a combination of limited rainfall, failed crops, increases in food prices and eroded resiliency.
We need to act on these early warnings because things will get worse, said Save the Children CEO Liz Gibbs.
New money pledged today by the UK government to fund a response to food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa is very welcome, said Save the Children today. Other donors should follow the UK’s lead and ensure that money pledged is delivered quickly to meet urgent needs on the ground.
Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s Chief Executive, returned from Niger last week and said timely donations from international donors were critical to prevent what was already a crisis from turning into a catastrophe: