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Coordination mechanism: Hybrid Sector/Cluster
Year of activation: 2012
Deputy: ACF
Nutritionist of the National Directorate of Nutrition (MoH), Co-Facilitator of the Nutrition Thematic Working Group (part of the cluster coordination team)
Coordination arrangement:
UNICEF Lead, MoPHP Co-lead and ACF Co-facilitator
Subnational level:
5 sub-national hubs in Gao (covering Menaka and Kidal), Timbuktu (covering Taoudenit), Mopti (covering Segou), Kayes and Sikasso. Bamako and Koulikoro covered by central level.

Country Key Contacts

Yves Nzigndo

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator


Co lead

Sylvestre TOGO


Kadiatou BADA

Information Management Officer

Mid-year report 2021

January to June 2021

Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO)
Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)
Current Challenges
  • When COVID-19 struck, the cluster proposed through the Strategic advisory group, programmatic adaptations for the nutrition sector. It proved difficult to timely engage the national government counterparts (Nutrition directorate at the Ministry of Health) to endorse these recommendations, mainly because of their difficulties to continue working online during the first weeks of confinement. Nevertheless, proposed strategic changes were not in contradiction with national nutrition guidelines, and used by field partners for their COVID-19 response plan. Distance working is now easier and allow for innovation and better participation at regional level for example but will request efforts to maintain the GTN/cluster dynamics. 
  • Technical working groups (TWG) (advocacy, IYCF, NiS) have been re-created at the end of 2020, with clear leadership role defined for these groups (shared by NGOs, UN agencies, governmental division). One of the main challenges and opportunity for 2021 will be the continuity and effectiveness  of these TWG in order to ensure progress on technical issues.
  • The cluster operational work plan was developed, putting coordination with other sectors at the center of the cluster strategy: a more regular and complete monitoring of this work plan is necessary for 2021, with the yet to-be-recruited Information Manager if possible, to ensure a better achievement rate and propose necessary adaptations when needed. 
  • Parts of the nutrition response is adequately funded and results are being achieved accordingly (SAM treatment for example). Funding for prevention activities targeting other population groups (adolescents, women) remains more difficult to get funded, compromising current progress on acute malnutrition levels.
  • As the overall security situation deteriorates exacerbating vulnerability of the population, an adapted early alert system needs to be developed. The cluster role in national nutritional information analysis could be further improved in 2021 by improving early alert mechanisms in partnership with RRM actors and by supporting on-going DHIS2 integration of data related to nutrition-sensible activities, and analysis of the possibilities for digitalization in the nutrition sector.

Key Figures in 2021


Funding in 2021

Number of SAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of MAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of children 6-23 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme 2021
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Vitamin A Supplementation 2021
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Micronutrient Powder Supplementation 2021
Number of PLW counselled (one-on-one) on IYCF 2021
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need 2021
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need Of BSFP 2021
Number of PW in need of iron/folate supplementation 2021

Total partners (45)

International NGOs
UN agencies
Government authorities
National NGOs

Key Resources

list of important documents

Mali | Note de plaidoyer en faveur d'une réponse coordonnée et mise à l'échelle de sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle dans le cadre de COVID-19 au Mali

L’urgence sanitaire ne doit pas faire oublier que l’impact du COVID-19 est aussi socio-économique et va aggraver la situation de sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle d’une population malienne déjà extrêmement vulnérable face à de multiples chocs.


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