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Coronavirus – Mali: Belgium supports FAO in the rapid recovery of vulnerable households’ livelihoods in Mali during COVID-19

Coronavirus – Mali: Belgium supports FAO in the rapid recovery of vulnerable households’ livelihoods in Mali during COVID-19

AFRICA, Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MALI
In Mali, the first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported on 25 March 2020 in a context of growing insecurity and when the Government had just declared a food security and nutrition emergency, for which it requested support from its international partners especially in view of last year’s poor crop production results. Extreme weather events during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns led, among other things, to significant fodder shortages in the Sahelian strip in the Kayes region. These deficits were also recorded in Mauritania and Senegal, which have increased the pressure on fodder resources in western Sahel and specifically in Mali. In addition, increased insecurity and conflict by armed groups in the northern and central regions of the country have severely affected ...
Coronavirus – Mali: UAE sends medical aid to Mali in fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Mali: UAE sends medical aid to Mali in fight against COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, MALI, UAE
The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing six metric tons of medical supplies and testing kits to Mali to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, Yousef Saif Al Ali, UAE Ambassador to Algeria and Non-Resident Ambassador to Mali, said, "Mali is an important partner to the UAE in efforts to strengthen the fight against COVID-19 throughout Africa. Today’s delivery of medical aid to Mali will help protect medical workers who are leading the campaign against the virus’ spread." "The UAE stands with Mali in this difficult moment and is confident that the world can overcome this crisis through cooperation on all fronts," ...
Coronavirus – Mali: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$200 Million Disbursement to Mali to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus – Mali: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$200 Million Disbursement to Mali to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, MALI
The IMF approved a disbursement of US$200 million under the Rapid Credit Facility to help Mali meet urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic; This assistance will help support urgent spending on health services and assistance to affected firms and households, while preserving overall social spending; The authorities responded quickly with measures to contain the spread of the virus and to mitigate its social and economic impact. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a disbursement of SDR146.668 million (about US$200.4 million, 78.6 percent of quota) under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) to help address Mali’s urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs amid rapidly evolving pandemic. This follows the recent approval...
Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US$6 million

Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US$6 million

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, MALI, UNITED NATIONS
The United Nations in Mali through MINUSMA signed on Monday, April 6, with the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs three (3) memoranda of understanding that will enable an integrated and rapid response to the health crisis prompted by the Covid-19 virus. With a total amount of US$2,732,043 or nearly 1,650,000,000 CFA francs financed by MINUSMA, these memoranda implemented by the Ministry of Health with the technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO), outline three projects aimed at acquiring specialized medical equipment and materials without delay. They will also provide health-care personnel with adequate training in order to operationalize measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the same vein and in order to save more lives, the...
MALI: Militant attack kills 19 Malian soldiers

MALI: Militant attack kills 19 Malian soldiers

AFRICA, ARMY, MALI
At least 19 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military post in central Mali on Sunday. The incident took place in Sokolo military camp in the Segou region, where armed fighters linked to al-Qaeda are known to operate. In a tweet, the Malian Armed Forces which claims to be in control of the situation, reported a provisional death toll of 19, five injured and equipment taken away. A local politician said they entered the camp near the village at dawn, opened fire, destroyed some structures and left soon after. The assault comes after a similar attack on Thursday by armed men in the country’s volatile Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, killing at least six soldiers. Mali has struggled to contain an armed uprising that erupted in the north in 2012 and h...