The EU is a major contributor of humanitarian assistance to Mali. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2012, the European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations has allocated close to €200 million in humanitarian aid to the country.
The European Commission has significantly contributed to the treatment of severe acute malnutrition throughout the country. This has helped to increase the number of children who receive life-saving nutritional care, which has almost doubled since 2012. The €68 million euros invested from 2011 to 2017 in this respect have translated, among other results, in 474 000 severely malnourished children receiving appropriate care.
EU humanitarian partners provide food assistance (both cash and in-kind), protection, education in emergencies, free health care, safe water, and the provision of first need items. Over 80% of EU humanitarian response contributes to the assistance for people in the northern and central regions affected by the conflict.
An estimated 90% of health structures in the north deliver essential services and medication thanks to the support of humanitarian partners and EU humanitarian funds. EU humanitarian funding ensures basic health and nutrition care to around 990 000 people.
The European Commission’s humanitarian air service ECHO flight serves secondary routes in the north, thus facilitating the movement of humanitarian workers and provisions to the most inaccessible areas. The European Commission is also financially supports the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). In 2016, 4 864 passengers and 3.8 mega tonnes of cargo were transported in Mali in support to humanitarian assistance.
For Malian refugees in Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso, the provision of shelter, first need items, food rations, water and sanitation, protection, health and nutrition care is being maintained.