7th February 2013- The ongoing conflict in Mali has restricted access to food from the nationís north, increased food prices and diminished the resources needed to purchase that food, reports Helena Valencia, an Action Against Hunger Emergency Coordinator currently working in Mali.
These conditions, combined with the food security crisis that hit Mali and its neighbors in the Sahel region in 2012, have created an emergency situation with long-term implications. Watch the video below to learn more about how we are responding to this evolving humanitarian crisis.
We have been working in Mali since 1996, and maintain four operational bases across the country.
Our key priorities amidst rising instability are to improve access to malnutrition treatment for the most vulnerable, particularly children under five, and to ensure that all Malians have access to nutritious food on both a short- and long-term basis.
We are also continuing our work in water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent the spreading of waterborne diseases like cholera and providing support to the water and sanitation infrastructure of Malian health centers.
The political, economic and social crises over the past 10 months have implications for the entire Malian population, including rising unemployment, increased vulnerability, and increased pressure on communities who are supporting the displaced families.
For more information on our response to the humanitatian crisis in Mali, please click here