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UNICEF Sahel Situation Report, 17 September 2012



Nutrition Crisis

  • Even though we are in the last stage of the lean season, and the worst of the crisis has been weathered due to the emergency response and government action, the impact on vulnerable households remains a key concern. More than 4 million children under five years old are at risk of acute malnutrition. Of them, 1.1 million children under five are at risk of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and in need of life-saving treatment. More than 526,000 have already been reached with therapeutic care for treatment of SAM.

Mali Complex Emergency

  • The combination of drought, food insecurity and conflict has compelled more than 446,000 people to flee their homes, many of them are children. There are more than 174,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mali while upwards of 272,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

Emerging threats

  • Heavy rains causing flooding and inundation along the Niger and Benue Rivers have led to the displacement of thousands of people and many fatalities.

  • Both anomalous seasonal rainfall and northward position of the Inter-Tropical front has favored breeding conditions for desert locusts over the southern Mauritania-western Mali border, central Niger-eastern Mali, Chad, and east-central Sudan. The continuation of above-average rainfall during September could lead to locust outbreak across many regions.

  • The risk of cholera outbreaks is growing with the heavy rains and floods despite prevention actions in high risks spaces such as in Lake Chad Basin, against the backdrop of a poorly funded WASH sector, hindering capacities to respond


  • Fundraising is progressing, but with a funding gap of 47% (USD 113,112,457) of the total needs for the integrated response to the nutrition, Mali and cholera crises.