The IRC in Mali
Armed conflict and political instability in the West African nation of Mali have only added to the suffering of some 3.5 million Malians already caught in the grip of a drought emergency. Over 450,000 people have fled northern Mali in search of food or safety. Mali’s crisis has led to the collapse of many public services, especially health care and hospitals. The International Rescue Committee is providing lifesaving assistance.
Mali hunger crisis in pictures
In Mali, political turmoil has exacerbated a food crisis brought on by a severe drought that has affected much of the Sahel region of West Africa. The crisis has displaced over 300,000 people and has had a devastating impact on children who are suffering from growing malnutrition.
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How We Help
- The IRC is treating malnourished children in 35 health facilities in southern Mali, providing follow-up care, and training local volunteers to identify and refer cases for treatment.
- The IRC is repairing and rehabilitating water, sanitation, and waste management systems in 21 health centers in northern and southern Mali, serving thousands of people weekly.
- Despite ongoing violence, the IRC has managed to deliver vital aid and support to some 80,000 people in the north, including clean drinking water, health care supplies and information.
- The IRC is working with a local partner to reopen schools in northern Mali which have been shuttered since the conflict began, and to provide services to vulnerable young people, including play and support groups for displaced children.
- The IRC has trained 125 local volunteers to distribute health and cholera prevention messages in villages throughout the north, along with soap, water purification tablets and other vital supplies.