Legislative elections were held on 23 November, with reports of low voter turnout in all areas except Kidal, and widespread indications suggesting electoral irregularities. A second round of elections has been planned for 15 December.
As of 20 November some 147,000 students are now registered and receiving support from UNICEF and Cluster partners for the 2013-2014 school year.
During National Immunisation Days in Gao, Kayes, Mopti, Timbuktu and Kidal over 2 million children were vaccinated against Polio this month.
SMART methodology surveys conducted in 2013 indicate that Global Acute Malnutrition levels remain at emergency thresholds levels in Mali, with an estimated caseload of over 566,000 children under 5 for 2014, out of which 85 per cent will be situated in the six southern regions.
UNICEF requires $91.9 million to provide urgent assistance to children in Mali in 2013. So far, only $35 million or 38 per cent of the required funding has been received.