In 2012, all across the Sahel region of West Africa, drought sucked the land dry, and food was simply too expensive for most families.

Early warning systems predicted that more than a million children in the Sahel lacked proper food and needed urgent help. 

Thanks to your donations and fundraising, UNICEF helped provide countries like Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Mali and Mauritania with emergency food, supplies and healthcare.

In 2012, we treated over 730,000 children under five for severe acute malnutrition, vaccinated 1.9 million children for measles, and provided 7.3 million families with mosquito nets.

You can still help by making a difference to children in emergencies around the world by donating to the Children's Emergency Fund

Six-month-old Maniratou Mahamadou, held by her mother, Habsatou Salou, smiles after a nutrition screening at the Boukoki Integrated Health Centre in Niamey, the capital. Timely growth monitoring ensures that signs of malnutrition or other ailments are detected early and appropriate treatment is provided.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0156/Nyani Quarmyne
Six-month-old Maniratou is held by her mother and smiles after a medical checkup at the UNICEF-supported Boukoki health centre in Niamey, Niger.© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0156/Nyani Quarmyne