Humanitarian Health Action

The impact of the humanitarian crises on the health system in Mali

December 2013 -- WHO and the Ministry of Health investigated the impact of the socio-political crisis on the health system in Mali. The purpose of this survey was to gather strategic information and guidelines for planning. This study shows the effect of the humanitarian crisis in Mali on the country’s health system. Despite the lack of funding (only 38 % funded) WHO, through its coordination of the Health Cluster, has strengthened capacities and surveillance, generated health information and supplied medicine.

Situation report

Since January, 2013, new ongoing armed clashes in the North of Mali have further damaged an already worrying humanitarian situation. Mali has been experiencing a complex crisis with armed conflict in the northern regions for a year which has been compounded by a food and nutritional crisis due to the lack of rain. Over 400 000 people have been displaced, of which over 200 000 are internally displaced and over 145 000 took refuge in neighbouring countries. Due to the fluidity of the situation, in January 2013 WHO developed a contingency plan for the health sector, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and partners which calls for urgent funds in the amount of US$ 12 million to cover priority activities for the next six months.

Mali contingency plan February - October 2013 [in French]

Health response to the crisis in Mali

Health Cluster partners require US$ 29 million to address the health needs of the population affected by the crisis in Mali in 2013, of which US$ 12 million are urgently needed for priority activities in the next six months

WHO's work in emergencies: Humanitarian Crisis in Mali

Presentation of the situation in Mali by Dr. Michel Yao, Senior Health Adviser, Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response.