In Mali, the political and security crisis and the occurrence of the corona virus pandemic have an impact on the prevalence of acute malnutrition. Despite the efforts made, one child in four still suffers from chronic malnutrition and 10% of children under five are acutely malnourished according to the latest available surveys.
Young children are not the only ones suffering from malnutrition: according to a survey conducted in 2019, 20% of pregnant and lactating women have insufficient dietary diversity. Nutrition is only funded at less than 1% of the state budget.
Access to water
According to the latest general population census (2009), the rate of access to basic drinking water service in 2020 is 66% in rural areas, 80% in semi-urban and urban areas and 70% at national level. Prioritising access to water in urban areas to the detriment of rural areas where the growing needs of the population and agro-pastoral activities cause social unrest/conflict and a drop in food production.
Community involvement in decision-making remains weak and is reflected in the failure to integrate nutrition and WASH into most commune economic, social and cultural development plans.