Mohammad Olud Barack 2 years old child with severe acute malnutrition, sits on the lap of his aunt at the intensive care unit of CRENI in Aleg.
Mohammad was admitted to CRENI for treatment of severe acute malnutrition two days earlier.
Over 16,684 severely acute malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. 76 percent healed, and 0,5 percent of them died. There’s a decrease of 3.3 percent of global acute malnutrition.
Mauritania is characterized by many opportunities, given its people’s potential and its natural resources. It is also characterized by various challenges in the areas of child survival, development and protection.
The country continues to face a multidimensional crisis caused by food insecurity, a high rate of malnutrition, recurrent epidemics and an influx of refugees from northern Mali.
These shocks have contributed to increased vulnerability, particularly among children and women. Today, more than one child in 10 dies before his fifth birthday.
Through its main office in Nouakchott and a sub-office in Bassikounou, UNICEF Mauritania’s aims to reach all children, in every part of the country. UNICEF works with the Government, civil society and national and international organizations to make Mauritanian children’s right to survival, development and protection a reality.