Mali: Mali contributes US$10 million to initiative UNITLIFE for fighting malnutrition

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali will contribute US$ 10 million to UNITLIFE, a new financing mechanism to fund nutrition programmes in sub-Saharan Africa that was launched at the United Nations on 28 September 2015, the Council of Ministers decided here Tuesday.

According to a statement issued at the end of the council's meeting, the ministers took the decision after examining a communication related to Mali's membership in that initiative for the fight against child malnutrition.

It said that the Malian authorities made the commitment to join UNITLIFE because of the importance which the government attaches to the fight against malnutrition and its policy in terms of public health.

Taking a novel approach to financing, UNITLIFE uses a micro levy on the extractive industry, to create cost-effective, scalable and sustainable solutions for maternal and child nutrition.

It focuses on the voluntary engagement of governments to implement from 2017 a financial taxation of cents 0.01 on each barrel of oil and cents 0.60 on each gramme of gold to raise $100 million every year.

It aims to ensure follow-up and treatment of severe malnutrition among children in contributor countries.

Hosted by UNICEF, management of the funds will focus on strict transparency and accountability on both the origin of contributions and the choice of allocations.

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29 décembre 2015 17:00:26

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