LWF/DWS Mauritania Program
Situation report # 15 (May 15, 2012)
Aid provided to Malian refugees in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger is insufficient, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. Since late January, nearly 160,000 Malians have fled their country for camps in neighbouring nations. Instability persists in Mali, leaving little hope that the refugees will be able to return soon. On top of that, another imminent threat looms: the rainy season, which will further complicate the deployment of aid.
At MSF’s treatment centre in Mbéra, four out of every 10 patients are suffering from respiratory infections and two out of 10 for diarrhoea. The next most common ailments are skin infections and malnutrition. Since the organisation started working in Mbéra, more than 500 children have been treated for malnutrition.
Estimated total population in Camp Mberre
Distribution by region
Région Individus Ménages Total actuel Date de mise à jour
Hodh el Charghi 61,287 13,305 14/05/2012
Breakdown by country of origin
Pays d’origine Individus Ménages Date de mise à jour
Mali 61,287 13,305 14/05/2012
Homme Age Femme
9% 0-4 9%
14% 5-11 15%
7% 12-17 7%
15% 18-59 21%
1% 60+ 2%
The National Assembly of Mali estimates that the number of internally displaced is over 200,000; OCHA puts the number at 146,900. More than 190,000 have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries of Mauritania (63,913), Burkina Faso (56,817), Niger (39,388) and Algeria (30,000), of
Cholera across the region is going to get worse as we approach the rainy season in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Mali; UNICEF is preparing for response across WASH, Health and community messaging. UNICEF will respond to epidemics such as measles, meningitis which could have a devastating effect on children that are already undernourished in the Sahel.
A Finnish journalist came from Ethiopia Tuesday to the rural community of Diarére Mbéttite especially to attend the two phases of investigation: interview with resource persons, investigation targets. This allowed him to ask questions and discover the realities faced by these populations.
A meeting with the Chief Medical Officer in Fatick region took place on Thursday at the regional hospital. He demonstrated the willingness to support the project through the exchange of information when needed, looking for a qualified trainer who can help in the production of enriched cereal for the 40 women who will be trained.
To facilitate our investigation of child malnutrition, breastfeeding women and pregnant women, we listed the various health posts in each rural community and a contact number for each nurse Leader
We are aware of a possible intervention of some Non Governmental Organisations (Actionaid, WFP, International Red Cross) who has made the same point we decide to attend the populations of Fatick and others through humanitarian efforts. In the presence of these NGOs, we will take all necessary measures that will enable us to work together to that there is not a dual procedure in the same affected area.
Activities to be implemented in Senegal:
• Continuation of interviews and field surveys
• Meeting Wednesday with the General Committee for Emergency Management in Fatick
• Starting price surveys of consumer commodities in the market
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