Good donor response contains food crisis in SahelListen /
A good response by donors has contained a food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of Africa, according to a senior United Nation humanitarian official.
UN humanitarian agencies and their partners say the appeal for $1.6 billion to help millions of hungry people in the region is 60 per cent funded.
David Greesly, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel says 18 million people have been affected by last year's drought.
"The good news is that because of the appeals that were made by many governments in the region and supported the United Nations and many NGOs, there has been a very good donor response and it came in early enough that I think it has been able to contain the food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel. One example, we had projected that a million children would be affected by severe acute malnutrition. So far in the first seven months of the year over half of those children have already been treated for a severe acute malnutrition. So the numbers were real but the response was real too."
Mr. Greesly says there is another crisis caused by the conflict in Mali is affecting hundreds of thousands of people who remain displaced.
The region is also facing other problems such as cholera and locust infestation in Niger.