Mauritania Humanitarian Emergency

A young mother holds her child.

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Mauritania stems from food insecurity, poor access to health and hygiene facilities and refugees from neighbouring Mali. Drought and flooding in various parts of the country have disrupted livelihoods and reduced the availability of food, with more than one million people estimated to be food insecure. The large population of Malian refugees is further straining limited resources, but their repatriation is contingent upon improving the security situation in Mali. With many health facilities unable to provide life-saving treatment, UNFPA works to increase the quality of and access to sexual and reproductive health services, including ensuring the health and dignity of women and young people. UNFPA also works to establish mechanisms to promote gender equality and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Country Population: 4.1 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

Last updated on - 01 January 2017
UNFPA Mauritania

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2016

  • Services delivered
    Total people reached with sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services in humanitarian settings
    Number of facilities supported that provide emergency obstetric care
    Number of safe spaces
    Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape
  • Capacity building
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management
  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.