Canada has pledged more than $ 31.4 million to fight malnutrition

Like the Sahel countries, Mali is facing several crises (security, climate, food, etc.) which have amplified humanitarian needs in the region. Thanks to the support of partners from the international community, the countries of the region are trying to tackle it.

The Canadian government will release more than $ 31.4 million to tackle malnutrition in Mali. The information was made public by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) via its Twitter account on Monday 25 April.

This funding is intended to strengthen the health, nutrition and well-being of women, girls and children in the country. It is part of a program to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable women, girls and children under five in Mali. It is called “NAFAMA” and will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development (MSDS), UNICEF and other partners.

The NAFAMA project is mainly aimed at children between the ages of 0 and 5, who are in their first cycle of life.

If at this stage of the child’s life we ​​manage to feed him correctly, he has every chance to grow normally, not to suffer growth delays or to be affected by appropriate diseases. “Aly Diop, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and Social Development explained.

The Sahel region is currently suffering from a period of severe drought. According to the United Nations, the number of people threatened by famine has increased tenfold in just three years. Mali is no exception. The UN estimates that the region is experiencing the worst food crisis in the past decade. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that the country’s indicators of poverty reduction and improvement of human development are among the lowest in the world.

Note that according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the unexpected increase in food prices has exceeded 30% of the average for the past five years. This has had the effect of reducing households’ access to food.

Jean-Marc Gogbeu

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