UNICEF Seeks Support for Nutrition Crisis in Gao

Staff Writer
Rates of malnutrition in Northern Mali are dangerously high, especially for children

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The nutrition crisis in Gao is especially dangerous for those under five-years old.

The nutrition crisis in Gao, a city in Northern Mali, Africa, has become a matter of international concern. On Tuesday, UNICEF released a news release “raising the alarm on the rates of malnutrition in Gao.”

The announcement comes in response to a nutrition and mortality survey recently conducted by Mali’s Ministry of Health in May. According to the research, the rate of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is 13.5 percent. The situation is especially dangerous for young children under the age of five.

The UNICEF representative in Mali, Fraçoise Ackermans, commented, “The lives of many children are in jeopardy. They need immediate assistance.”

$80 million are needed to solve the nutrition crisis throughout the country and, so far, only $20 million dollars have been raised.

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