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WFP Mauritania Country Brief, June 2018

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In Numbers

538,400 projected persons in food crisis (source: Cadre Harmonisé projections IPC Phase 3 & 4 for 2018 lean season)

2.3 percent severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months (above WHO emergency level. Source: SMART 2017)

US$ 14.2* six months (July-December 2018) net funding requirements, representing 43% of total needs for next six months

161,700 people assisted In June 2018

Strategic Update

• In June and as part of the WFP regional Sahel scaleup plan (SSUP), WFP began providing food assistance for assets (FFA) activities in the regions of Hodh ech Charghi and Guidimakha. These interventions will allow to safeguard the resilience progress done so far in those regions, and for the same communities in a year when vulnerabilities are extremely high. The SSUP supports the G5 Priority Implementation Plan and its resilience pillar, and the UNISS strategy.
Engagement with these regional institutions aims to improve food and nutrition security, and support national coalitions building for scaling up resilience in Mauritania. 2018

Humanitarian Response Plan

• In June, food security and nutrition partners, intervening through the integrated response plan, reached some 123,292 food insecure and malnourished people (women, men and children) through food assistance and nutrition support. Of these, WFP assisted 105,800 people in the high priority departments of Kaedi, Selibaby, Kiffa and Nema. The preparation of distributions with partners and government authorities proceeded smoothly and relied on a strong coordination set up the previous months.

Operational Updates

Support to drought affected people

• In June, WFP assisted 105,800 vulnerable people (53 percent of the prioritized for the month) with cash or food distributions, and nutrition support for the prevention and treatment of global acute malnutrition (GAM).

• WFP delivered a reduced monthly household in-kind ration composed of 10.5 kg of cereals, 6 kg of oil, and 90 gr of salt. WFP was unable to provide a full food basket due to a series of disruptions along the supply chain and untimely funding contributions.

• WFP distributed full cash entitlements part of the monthly household rations. Beneficiaries received USD 67 using bankcards with PIN.

• As part of the nutrition support for the prevention and treatment of GAM, some 8,100 children aged 6-59 months and 840 mothers were supported with nutritious foods.