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23 Jan 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By Winnie Atieno

Senior health officials in Kinango, Kwale County, have attributed the poor performance in the county’s schools to malnutrition.

Sheikh Abubakar Omar, the county secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya and the health officials expressed concern over the high rate of malnutrition and urged mothers to breast feed their babies exclusively for the recommended period of six months.

He called for the establishment of non-governmental organisations in Kinango which will help fight malnutrition from an early age.

23 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

UNHCR’s core objectives are to provide refugees and other persons of concern with international protection, and seek durable solutions for them.

Ethiopia maintains open borders for those seeking protection, and among the over 761,000 refugees hosted as of the end of September 2016 there are approximately:

22 Jan 2017 description

Climate change, growing world population and demands for industrialisation have put strain on global water supplies

By Michael Hogan

HAMBURG, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies (G20) said on Sunday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

21 Jan 2017 description

This paper was produced for a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 19-21 January 2017

SUMMARY – KEY MESSAGES

• The failure of the 2016 October-December rains across parts of the Horn of Africa has led to a devastating drought in Somalia, south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya. More than 15 million people in these three countries are facing food and water shortages, and famine is now a possibility in Somalia.

20 Jan 2017 description

Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya.

20 Jan 2017 description

Burundi’s 327,000 refugees are not mere victims but also active citizens, many remaining actively engaged in the country’s problems.

Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more than 327,000 of Burundi’s 11 million people have now sought refuge outside the country according to UN figures from early 2017 – nearly all fleeing since the crisis erupted.

20 Jan 2017 description

Kakuma, 3 January 2017 – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that. They are unable to make decisions on their own, and have to depend on others in order to survive. All individuals need psychosocial support for their wellbeing.

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

761,550 South Sudanese arrivals in 2016, based on field reports (as of 31 Dec)

1,434,742 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 Dec (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

261,541 Refugees in South Sudan

1.8 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING (as of 3 January)

20 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

By Sophie Mbugua

Agriculture is the most important sector of African economies, from the livelihoods it supports to the future jobs it can generate.

Read more on IRIN

20 Jan 2017 description

21 Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination: validation in Punjab Province, Pakistan, November 2016

35 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–November 2016

20 Jan 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STELLA CHERONO

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has said Sh1.6 billion would be released before the end of this month to boost water supply between January and March, as the drought situation escalates.

Mr Wamalwa said the water will be used to benefit both humans and livestock.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By OSCAR KAKAI

Residents of West Pokot have appealed to the government to find alternative water sources for them as well as allocate enough funds for the purchase of relief food in order to cushion them from the harsh drought conditions.

Over 40,000 residents are in dire need of food and water.

20 Jan 2017 description

For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By CHARITY WAMBUGU

Residents of some parts of Kiambu County are set to start experiencing water rationing as dams in the region continue drying up due to the persistent dry spell.

County Executive for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Esther Njuguna has therefore warned people in the county to preserve the water they have and buy more storage containers.

She has also appealed to the residents to be active in preserving water catchments in their areas.

20 Jan 2017 description
  • Drought is severely affecting Kenya, with eleven counties at "alarm level" according to the National Drought Management Agency's January report. Poor rains and the ongoing effects of the 2016 El Niño have resulted in poor crop production and pasture, causing poor livestock conditions, poor household food consumption and reduced income opportunities.

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

462,069 South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 27 Nov, except for Ethiopia as of 29 Nov)

1,346,617 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 27 Nov (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals) 260,453 Refugees in South Sudan

1.8 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING (as of 29 November) USD 649.0 M Requested by UNHCR for the situation

19 Jan 2017 description

A total of $781.8 million * requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:

  • $**9.8 million** for CAR
  • $**30.3 million** for the DRC
  • $**157.7 million** for Ethiopia
  • $**40.5 million** for Kenya
  • $**171.7 million** for South Sudan
  • $**68 million** for Sudan
  • $**283.8 million** for Uganda
  • $**476,251** for HQ & Regional Coordination

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes support costs (7%)