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ECHO Factsheet: Malnutrition in the Sahel (January 2012)

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Facts and Figures (Jan.2012)

  • The percentage of people in the Sahel who are severely malnourished ranges from 10.9% in Mali to 20.1% in some parts of Chad (GAM rates). 1.3 million children are currently suffering from acute malnutrition across the Sahel, 400 000 of them are suffering from its most severe form.

  • 300,000 children die in a 'normal year' from malnutrition or its related causes. In 2011, 311,000 were treated in humanitarian aid nutrition programmes out of which, 156.000 (50%) were treated in ECHO funded programmes

  • 23.7 million people, of which 6.8 million are at risk of severe food insecurity in 2012 mainly due to poor harvest and high food prices.

  • The European Commission is providing €105 million of humanitarian aid to address the food crisis in 2012.

  • Commissioner Georgieva: "The question is not whether there will be another food "crisis" in the Sahel in 2012, but to what extent"