ECOWAS will continue to offer assistance to Malians affected by the multidimensional crisis faced by the country, the regional bloc's Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Mrs Fatimata Dia Sow, said in Bamako Thursday.
Addressing participants at a post-deployment workshop for the ECOWAS emergency intervention team (EERT) in Mali, she stressed the commitment of the Commission to working with the Malian government and international partners to assist the people affected by the crisis.
The workshop was organised to enable the participants draw lessons from team's deployment in Mali.
Twenty members of the EERT were deployed to Mali last year, within the framework of a regional Humanitarian Assistance for the country which is exiting political and security crises.
They included doctors, policemen, lawyers, specialists of refugee issues, firemen and engineers drawn from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
The team members have been deployed to Bamako, Gao, Mopti and Timbuctu, as well as to the local office of the UN refugees agency, UNHCR, as well as the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, WHO and the Red Cross.