Implementation report on the health activities in Mali
In the complex humanitarian crisis, which has had serious consequences for the population of Mali, the WHO Representatives Office implemented a set of Health Cluster actions. These interventions strengthened the capacity of the office and the coordination of health partners. The activities have improved access to health care in the northern and central regions of Mali and ensured disease-control. The morbidity and mortality has reduced and lives has been saved during the crisis. These are the first steps towards early rehabilitation of the health system.
Since January, 2013, new ongoing armed clashes in the North of Mali have further damaged an already worrying humanitarian situation. Mali has been experiencing a complex crisis with armed conflict in the northern regions for a year which has been compounded by a food and nutritional crisis due to the lack of rain. Over 400 000 people have been displaced, of which over 200 000 are internally displaced and over 145 000 took refuge in neighbouring countries. Due to the fluidity of the situation, in January 2013 WHO developed a contingency plan for the health sector, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and partners which calls for urgent funds in the amount of US$ 12 million to cover priority activities for the next six months.
Health Cluster partners require US$ 29 million to address the health needs of the population affected by the crisis in Mali in 2013, of which US$ 12 million are urgently needed for priority activities in the next six months
26 September 2012 – Mali is faced with a major nutritional, humanitarian and security crisis. The resilience of the population has been undermined by waves of displacement and serious food shortages. An estimated 4.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity. In 2012, 171 663 children under 5 have enrolled in programmes for the treatment of acute malnutrition. WHO, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health are conducting an assessment of the standards of care, infrastructure and equipment needs in the health units managing the treatment of severe acute child malnutrition with complications.
Food and secrity crisis in Mali
16 October 2012 -- Mali is faced with a major nutritional, humanitarian and security crisis. The resilience of the population has been undermined by waves of displacement and serious food shortages. An estimated 4.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity. From the beginning of the year to 30 September, 219 cases of cholera, which include 19 deaths have been recorded in Northern Mali (8.67% fatality rate). The health centers in Northern Mali do no longer benefit from the regular provision in medicine due to the crisis. In Southern Mali, it is paramount to regularly assess the health centers in order to estimate their capacity to provide the appropriate health services as well as manage the medical complications related to severe malnutrition. WHO has pre-positioned several cholera kits in the regions of Mopti, Segou, Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal. These kits can facilitate the treatment of about 500 severe cases of cholera. Two cholera kits are still in stock in the WHO warehouse.