Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was officially inaugurated along with a new government in Bamako on 19 September.
UNICEF continues to support the Ministry of Education though the Back to School initiative, including through support for the resumption of school in the North. In Timbuktu, UNICEF partners distributed learning and teaching materials for over 19,500 conflict-affected children and more than 1,000 teachers.
To promote the Back to School campaign, UNICEF held a donor breakfast for which the Minister of Education and other government counterparts, as well as donors were in attendance. The Back to School campaign aims to help UNICEF support the return to school of 500,000 children, in particular those children affected by conflict, and improve quality education at primary and pre-primary level.
UNICEF, in coordination with the Malian Civil Protection and humanitarian partners, provided flood relief to affected communities in Timbuktu, Ségou and Bamako. Support included health supplies for 3,000 people in Ségou, nutrition supplies (such as therapeutic drugs and micronutrients) and nine school tents to Timbuktu, as well as WASH and health supplies for those in need in Bamako.
Through the UNICEF-supported measles vaccination campaign, 602,220 children aged 5 to 14 years have been vaccinated in Bamako this month.
UNICEF requires $91.9 million to provide urgent assistance to children in Mali. So far, only $31.6 million or 34 per cent of the required funding has been received. (See page 11 for details on funding needs for all sectors).