Mali: Improving Child Nutrition and Food Security in the most vulnerable municipalities in Mali
Mali has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition and food insecurity in the world. One in six children suffers from acute malnourishment and 38% are stunted from a lack of proper nutrients. Though Mali has made progress in reducing child deaths, more than 50% of those that occur are due to malnutrition. The aim of this Joint Programme is to improve food security and the nutritional status of women and children, enhance Mali's ability to monitor food and nutrition issues and ensure that these are considered in national and community policy-making.
This joint programme applies an integrated approach to achieve four primary outcomes - enhanced food security, improved nutritional status of women and children, the inclusion of nutrition and food security in national and community based frameworks, and enhanced national capacities for assessment and monitoring, including improved responsiveness to changes in lnutrition and food insecurity in targeted communities.
A participatory approach is used at both upstream and downstream levels in order to reduce child mortality rates by maximizing the economic and social benefits of improved nutrition and food security for women, children and their families.
The relevant MDG being targeted are primarily MDGs 1 and 4. The agencies involved in the joint programme are UNICEF, WFP, WHO, FAO and UNDP.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Medicines and ready-to-use therapeutic food supplements were made available to health facilities serving thousands of women and under-5 children. More than 56,500 children received vitamin A nutrition supplements and deworming medicine, and 2,000 severely under-nourished children were treated.
- Information campaigns were organized with NGOs and community intermediaries to increase populations’ knowledge on food insecurity and encourage screening and detection of under-nutrition. Local governments and administrations were mobilized.
- 520 women were given poultry, sheep or inputs for gardening, 12 villages were equipped with a functioning source of water. Output increased significantly and became more diversified. This proved particularly important given the very low harvest obtained in 2012 in the region.