Mali is recovering from a political crisis that created huge refugee flows into neighbouring countries, including Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger. The landlocked West African country has also been affected by the food crisis that has gripped much of the Sahel region in recent years. The humanitarian situation remains fragile. Late and erratic rains last year, combined with ongoing conflict in the north of the country, have led to poor harvests throughout much of the country, diminishing the food stocks of thousands of families. Malnutrition is the second leading cause of deaths in children under the age of five.
What we are doing
We have been present in Mali since 1996 and are currently working in the regions of Bamako, Gao, Koulikoro and Kita. Our focus is to treat children suffering from live-threatening malnutrition. To do this we are:
- Working with local and national health authorities to improve their capacity to address child hunger
- Giving families seeds, tools and training so they can grow their own food
- Supporting families to access local markets so they can earn an income
- Improving access to clean water and adequate sanitation to reduce the risk of waterborne disease, an underlying cause of malnutrition in children under five years old.