Summary: 4 May 2012, Brussels - European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has decided to fund several UNICEF projects in the Sahel for a total amount of € 16.5 million. Funds will be used to provide treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in west and central Africa.
UNICEF estimates that at least 1.1 million children under five will need specialized, lifesaving care in the course of the year and is ensuring with partners and governments the establishment of more than 4,000 treatment centres in the region.
One amount of € 11.5 million is going for nutrition programmes in each of the eight countries affected and a second tranche of € 5 million is assigned to Chad. In that country an estimated 127, 000 children under 5 are at risk of dying. The operation there faces considerable logistical and capacity challenges.
The UN estimates that as many as 15 million people will be affected in eight countries. These are Chad, northern Nigeria, the north of Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal.