- In 2014, Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees, and significant flooding that hit the country in 2013. 531,000 people will require assistance in 2014, including 315,200 children (as stated in the 2014-2016 Mauritania Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO)-Strategic Response Plan (SRP)).
- UNICEF will continue working with the government and partners to respond to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by food insecurity and malnutrition, aiming in particular at treating 30,741 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
- UNICEF will also continue to provide life-saving interventions to the Malian refugees in the Mbera camp and among host communities, in close coordination with the Government of Mauritania as well as other UN agencies and NGOs.
- UNICEF is requesting 21.3 million USD to respond to the humanitarian needs in Mauritania in 2014. 21% of this amount has been funded as of March 2014 and UNICEF would like to acknowledge in particular the generous contribution of the Government of Japan and other donors in support to its emergency programmes.
- As the lean season is approaching, populations will become more vulnerable and UNICEF urges the international community to keep providing support so that UNICEF and partners can provide a timely emergency response and meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Mauritania.