Humanitarian access remained a major concern in the second half of 2016 in the Northern Regions of Tombouctou, Gao, Menaka, Taoudeni and Kidal and some parts of Mopti. Despite the signature of the peace agreement, renewed violence undermines the provision of humanitarian aid.
As of 31 December 2016, 107 per cent of children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) targeted by UNICEF received treatment, which corresponds to 80% of the overall needs. 95 per cent of targeted crisis affected children in Mali were provided with access to formal and non-formal education.
As of the end of the year, UNICEF had 60% (US$ 21.6 million) available of the required US$ 33 million.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
1,675,000 Children affected, out of
2,500,000 People affected (OCHA, HRP January 2016)
36,690 IDPs in Mali (CMP, 31 December 2016)
138,811 Refugees from Mali in neighboring countries (CMP, 31 December 2016)
179,929 Children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition in 2016 (SAM) (UNICEF, 2016)
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
In the second half of 2016, the Malian population is yet to reap the dividends of the peace agreement signed by the Government and armed groups June 2015, and the rehabilitation of basic social services in the insecure north has yet to materialize. Renewed violence in the north and centre of the country in 2016 and the violation of the ceasefire in Kidal in July 2016 between some signatories of the Peace Agreement were of particular concern. The insecurity that affects certain areas threatens civilians and undermines the provision of effective aid. Some 36,690 internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain inside Mali and another 138,811 Malian refugees are in neighbouring countries. Humanitarian actors continued to play a critical role in supporting life-saving interventions, including by re-establishing basic social services and reinforcing social cohesion through peacebuilding at the community level. The slow-onset food and nutrition crisis remains a major concern, with 179,929 children (aged 6 to 59 months) who were expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016. Capacity building of communities to respond to and reinforce their resilience against crises, including natural hazards and conflict, remains a priority