Mauritania – 15th Sitrep on the Crisis in the Sahel

LWF/DWS Mauritania Program
Situation report # 15 (May 15, 2012)

Camp Mberre

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

61,287                Individuals

13,305                Housholds**

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

Thomas Ekelund
Chargé de Communication
Fédération Luthérienne Mondial
+222 2264 9887

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