Malnutirition crisis in western Africa
In 2012, the UN estimates that three million children under five are at risk of malnutrition in the Sahel region of north-west Africa.
Where is Sahel?
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This is a recurrent problem in the region, which is constantly afflicted with high malnutrition rates; even in 'good years' hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished.
What MSF is doing?
See our latest news reports:
11.05.2012 Sahel:Fate of 160,000 Malian Refugees hanging in the balance
02.04.12 Sahel Nutritional Crisis: MSF dual response
In Niger alone, MSF admitted some 104,000 severely malnourished children to its clinics in 2011, and 150,000 in 2010.
As well as treating those who are already ill, we also take a preventative approach: distributing milk-based supplements to children to prevent malnutrition in Niger and Mali and vaccinating against killer diseases.
We are also ramping up our emergency response and sending teams of experts to the areas reportedly most affected in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad and Burkina Faso.
Violence and conflict
In some areas, including Mali and Niger, conflict and violence is making the situation even harder for people.
How can you help?
All our work is currently being paid for from our general emergency funds and at present we have not launched a specific fundraising appeal.
It is these general emergency funds that allow us to act quickly, without waiting for specific donations to arrive.
If you would like to contribute towards this general appeal, please click HERE