The increased recurrence of fighting over the last month in the Northern Mali resulted in the displacement of over 57,000 people fleeing their homes in Timbuktu, Gao and Mopti regions, according to Malian authorities. Over 43,000 internally displaced people throughout the country have not yet returned to their homes since the conflict in 2012. On the 29th of May the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mali stands at just over 100,000, mainly in the North.
In Kidal, measles outbreak has been reported since April with a total of 16 cases. UNICEF is supporting the ongoing measles vaccination, aiming at reaching approximately 39,000 children. Moreover, a new program is anticipated to start in the coming weeks with an NGO partner to increase the coverage of health and nutrition services in Kidal region through mobile clinics.
The resumption of hostilities has a significant impact on Education, with more than 100 schools closed additionally since January, leading to a total of 430 schools closed and 20,500 children unable to attend schools. Moreover, the organization of final examinations has been disrupted for more than 1,300 students in Gao, Timbuktu, and Mopti regions as many examination centers are in insecure areas, posing protection concerns. UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education to ensure participation of children in the examinations in a safe environment, exploring modalities to provide alternative education such as remedial courses and psychosocial support for more than 13,000 children and at least 210 teachers.
UNICEF continues prevention and preparedness, in case of new Ebola outbreaks. On the 24th and 25th of April 2015 UNICEF Mali and Guinea jointly organized a cross-border meeting in Kita (Kayes Region) with authorities of both countries to coordinate strategies based on the progress and lessons to date.
UNICEF contributed to inter-agency mission of CADRI, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative. The mission was aimed to assess national and regional capacity for disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. It is anticipated that a national plan of action be developed in the coming months, based on the assessment report.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
31 May 2015
1.7 million # of affected children
2.4 million # of people affected (SRP Figure, OCHA 2015)
Internally Displaced Persons 118,621 # of IDPs (out of these figures 61,000 are IDPs registered by IOM on the 31st of December 2014. 57,000 are IDPs registered by the Malian authorities in Timbuktu, Gao and Mopti following the clashes in May 2015)
Malian Refugees in Neighboring Countries 135,686 # of registered refugees (UNHCR, 31 May 2015)
UNICEF Appeal 2015 US$ 37.5 million