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Homa Bay top in new HIV cases

In Summary

  • Wajir had the least number of new cases, with just one fresh one in a population of 200.
  • The report indicates that the number of the people on Anti-Retroviral therapy has significantly increased by over 500,000 since 2005

Over 105,500 new HIV infections were reported in the country last year, according to a survey that will be released on Wednesday.

Homa Bay had the highest new infections with 12,940 people, followed by Kisumu with 10,350. Siaya, Migori and Kisii each have 9,870, 6,790 and 4,890.

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A million face hunger, says Devolution CS Anne Waiguru

In Summary

  • Waiguru said the situation had become critical.
  • Agriculture CS Felix Koskei has insisted that the country had enough food in silos.

By MAZERA NDURYA

More than one million Kenyans face starvation in 23 counties due to prolonged drought.

An evaluation carried out between 21 July and August 1 on the 2014 long rains showed that 1.5 million people need food aid.

Last week, the government released Sh1 billion to help fight hunger.

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Children need anti-retroviral drugs most, says report

In Summary

  • Health ministry says children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment.
  • A report says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

Children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment, according to the Health ministry.

A report, to be released on Wednesday by the Aids control council, says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

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World + 10 others
Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Leaders want families facing landslide danger moved out of Nandi Escarpment

By TOM MATOKE

The National Government has been asked to resettle more than 3,000 families residing in landslide-prone areas on the Nandi Escarpment.

The families have asked to be relocated to avoid disaster, after seeing boulders tumbling downhill during heavy rains.

“Thousands of families in the Tindiret area live in fear because the area is prone to landslides and they have nowhere to go to.

"The government should allocate them alternative land for settlement,” said Mr John Tanui, a spokesperson for the families.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

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CARE

This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

At the end of July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees, most of them (247,000) from South Sudan, followed by Somalia (245,000) and Eritrea (99,000). Kenya hosts 575,334 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.

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Kenya’s Own ‘Erin Brokovich’ Changes Lives of Girl Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Adam Bemma

MERU, Kenya, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - Surrounded by endless rows of green tea plants, Mary carefully picked a leaf and placed it into a basket next to her. It seemed like an ordinary day at work for the 13-year-old girl from Meru, in central Kenya. After work she escaped to the adjacent farm for privacy, but was instead attacked and raped by a middle aged man.

“My grandmother took me to the police to make a report, but they didn’t arrest him. I was told he bribed the police,” Mary* tells IPS as her 11-month-old baby girl sits on her lap.

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Famine stalks 400,000 as crops fail

In Summary

  • Baringo North MP William Cheptumo has warned of an acute food shortage next year following erratic rainfall this season, which he said has led to crop failure.
  • Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi acknowledged that the drought was worsening but said his government had set aside more than Sh100 million of the county’s 2014/2015 budget for disaster management.

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG

More than 400,000 people are in dire need of relief food in Baringo as the persistent drought takes its toll, a new survey has shown.

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We have enough food for everyone, says Agriculture CS Felix Koskei

In Summary

  • Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei says the counties identified as being famine-stricken had enough food reserves.
  • Mr Koskei said the ministry was looking for a permanent solution to food shortage.

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has downplayed fears that many parts of the country might suffer a severe food shortage.

The National Drought Management Authority and the Kenya Red Cross recently warned of a looming famine due to severe drought.

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Aid Worker Security Report 2014

Five countries - Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan - accounted for three quarters of attacks in 2013.

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South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #31, 13 August 2014

Highlights

  • WFP requires US$114 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.

  • Congestion in camps is of concern, in Ethiopia and Kenya in particular. Negotiations with authorities on land access are ongoing.

  • The alarming levels of malnutrition among new arrivals require sustained and strengthened nutritional support in addition to regular food assistance at border crossings, reception centres and camps.

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Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

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IRIN

Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

NAIROBI, 18 août 2014 (IRIN) - Quelque 20 millions de personnes sont en situation d'insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale. Selon les organisations d'aide humanitaire, la plupart se trouvent à un niveau « de crise » ou « d'urgence ». Ce chiffre est bien plus élevé qu'en juillet 2013, quand l'insécurité alimentaire touchait 15,8 millions de personnes.

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Killings, Disappearances by Anti-Terror Police

(Nairobi) – There is strong evidence that Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Human Rights Watch also found evidence of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of terrorism suspects in detention.

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Looming food security and malnutrition crisis in the country

Report
Kenya Red Cross

The performance of the March to May 2014 long rains was generally below average over most parts of the country. As a result of this, crops and forage have not grown at their usual season rates. The prioritized counties of focus as per the current National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) reports, Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) reports, The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), Nutritional SMART surveys,

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Kenya bans west Africa travellers amid scramble to fight Ebola

08/17/2014 02:33 GMT

by Americ Vincenot with Joel Olatunde Agoi in Lagos

NAIROBI, August 17, 2014 (AFP) - Kenya has become the latest country to ban travellers from parts of Ebola-hit west Africa as Nigeria scrambled to stop the deadly disease spreading through the continent's most populous nation.

Kenyan Health Minister James Macharia said Saturday that the country is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the nations most affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak.

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Ebola : le Kenya ferme ses frontières aux voyageurs venant de Guinée, Liberia, Sierra Leone

08/16/2014 23:43 GMT

NAIROBI, 16 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Kenya a annoncé samedi l'interdiction d'entrer sur son territoire, à compter de mercredi, aux voyageurs venant de Guinée, du Liberia et de Sierra Leone, principaux foyers de l'épidémie d'Ebola qui a déjà fait près de 1.200 morts en Afrique de l'Ouest.

La compagnie nationale Kenya Airways - qui n'effectue pas de liaison avec Conakry - a dans la foulée annoncé la suspension de ses vols à destination de Freetown et de Monrovia, à compter de mercredi également.

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South Sudan Conflict: UNICEF Support to South Sudan Refugees in: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda (31 July 2014)

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UN Children's Fund

Since December 2013, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan has resulted in the death of thousands and displacement of more than 1.1 million people. As of late July 2014, at least 431,045 South Sudanese had fled the conflict and sought asylum in neighboring countries; this number is expected to increase to 715,000 refugees by the end of 2014, according to UNHCR planning for most likely scenario (as of July). To date, only 25% of the US$ 67.3 million that UNICEF requires to meet humanitarian needs of refugees in neighboring countries has been received