This year, the Sahel faces a serious crisis due to a combination of erratic rains, price inflation and insecurity. The number of people in a situation of food and nutrition crisis is on the rise. The situation is particularly worrying in Mauritania, where more than 10% of the population require emergency humanitarian aid. Malnutrition is set to increase too.
As part of efforts to prevent food insecurity and a deterioration of the nutrition situation, EU humanitarian aid financially supports Save The Children to distribute cash to vulnerable households during the four months of the so-called lean season, the period between harvests when food stocks are exhausted and hunger hits harder. This aid helps the most vulnerable population cover their food needs during this critical period. Nutritional supplements are also given to children aged 6 to 24 months, and mass screenings are done during distributions so that cases of malnutrition are identified early enough.
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