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VIDEO REPORT: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo calls for help in the Sahel

It’s estimated that 18 million people in nine countries are affected by the crisis, which has been precipitated by successive droughts and rising food prices. Conflict in Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands, adding to the pressure on families.

UNICEF is undertaking an integrated response. During the first four months of the year, UNICEF provided treatment to more than a quarter of a million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Health services are being provided in concert with nutrition assistance; more than 6 million children have been vaccinated against measles and more than 9 million have received a treated bed net to reduce the risk of malaria. Because children from affected communities are dropping out of school, educational support is also being provided.

But as the rainy season approaches, cholera is becoming an increasing threat. UNICEF is also preparing to respond to epidemics of measles and meningitis, which could have a devastating effect on already undernourished children.

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