UNICEF appeals for $45 million to respond to crisis in MaliListen /
Funds are urgently needed to address the basic needs of women and children affected by the ongoing crisis in Mali for the next three months, says UNICEF, the UN Children's agency.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and others forced to flee to neighbouring countries as fighting continues between government forces and armed rebels in Mali.
UNICEF is appealing for $45 million for emergency programmes inside the country as well as humanitarian assistance for 170,000 Malian refugees in Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.
Spokesperson Marixie Mercado says that approximately 660,000 children in Mali will suffer from acute malnutrition this year, including 210,000 who will require life-saving treatment.
"The funding we are appealing for will cover an integrated response to the nutrition crisis. This means in addition to the nutrition specific interventions, this will include safe water for displaced people and for refugees plus prevention against diseases such as malaria, cholera and other water-borne diseases. Support to education and protection services are also part of the planned response. The appeal also includes $2.75 million to manage security risks for operating such a complex and high risk environment." (30")
Marixie Mercado says that so far UNICEF has received less than a million dollars for 2013.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.