Sahel food insecurity crises 2012
22 October 2012 -- Countries affected by the food and nutrition crisis are reporting an increasing number of children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Assessments also show that the prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) in food insecure districts is often above 15%. Poor living conditions, high malnutrition prevalence and low immunization coverage in a context of fragile health systems increase the risk of transmission of on-going disease outbreaks of measles, cholera, meningitis and Lassa fever in displacement areas in Mali and neighbouring countries. Health partners, NGOs and volunteers coordinated by WHO, are providing health services through the Mali medical Association and MoH.