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Free maternal healthcare drastically reduces deaths

In Summary

  • The Cabinet Secretary announced a nationwide drive for HIV testing to reduce transmission by encouraging every Kenyan to know their status.
  • According to National Aids Control Council, there were 13,000 new infections among children in 2012 and 39 per cent for expectant mothers.

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Child and maternal deaths have dropped significantly since free maternity was introduced last year.

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Leaders raise the alarm over famine

In Summary

  • Mr Roba said in Mandera alone, 152 water tracking centres were up yet the venture was expensive as the number of people in need is rising.
  • Mr Roba said although the counties have done their best in distributing relief rations since last year, it is now a burden to the devolved units.

By LUCAS BARASA

The Council of Governors is worried about the ravaging famine in 24 counties.

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Myanmar + 6 others
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

07/30/2014 22:12 GMT

PARIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

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Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing'

Report
Guardian

Prolonged dry spells push pastoralists to the brink of starvation as food prices soar and cattle raids spiral out of control

This time last year, Samuel Aboto had 600 goats; today, he has none. "I am not exaggerating – everybody knew my goats," he says as he shelters from the sun under a thatch of reeds. Twenty-six months of drought has hit pastoralists in northern Kenya hard, and Aboto is facing the fourth poor rainy season in a row. The last good rain in Nayanae'angikalalio, central Turkana, was between March and May 2012.

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Kenyans have rights to safe water and sanitation on paper – now it’s time to make them a reality

GENEVA (30 July 2014) – At the end of a seven-day official visit to Kenya*, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, called on the Government of Kenya to transform the constitutional rights to water and sanitation into a reality for the millions of Kenyans who do not enjoy these fundamental human rights.

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HIV funding worries in Kenya

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IRIN

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 30 July 2014 (IRIN) - The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programmes in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease.

PEPFAR funds 70 percent of Kenya’s HIV programmes.

IRIN:

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ACT Alert: Joint response to support survivors of attacks in Lamu Kenya

Report
ACT Alliance

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

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World + 44 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Peace Corps Kenya Volunteers Safely Close Their Service, Program Suspended

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that all Peace Corps Kenya volunteers have safely and successfully closed their Kenya service. Due to escalating concerns after closely monitoring the security environment in Kenya in recent months, the agency has suspended the program.

The Peace Corps will continue to assess the safety and security climate in Kenya. While the agency hopes volunteers can return, their safety and security are the Peace Corps’ top priorities.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Community-Based Animal Health Workers in the Horn of Africa

Strengthening the humanity and dignity of people in crisis through knowledge and practice

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Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died

Report
IRIN

MOMBASA, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.

IRIN:

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European Union gives Kenya $16m grant to strengthen food security

Report
EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican

The European Union will give Kenya Ksh1.4 billion ($16.1 million) to help improve the country’s food security that has deteriorated following the poor performance of the long rains.

The money is expected to aid 23 counties, mainly in the arid and semi arid areas dominated by pastoral communities.

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South Sudan + 5 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 46 (as of 24 July 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 1.1 million people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity.

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene partners reported reaching some 400,000 more people in crisis-affected areas in June compared to May, raising the overall number of people reached with some humanitarian assistance to 2.4 million.

  • An additional aircraft, able to carry 10 metric tonnes per day, was contracted and dedicated specifically to operations in Bentiu. This frees up other air assets for rapid response operations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM South Sudan Situation Report 30, 22 July 2014

OVERVIEW

The security situation across South Sudan remains unpredictable and highly volatile. In Guit and Nhialdu (18km from Bentiu town), Unity State, clashes disrupted food distribution to 37,000 people on 16 July. Fighting was also reported in Ayod (Jonglei State) and Nassir (Upper Nile State). In Lakes State, 1,000 people have been displaced by incidents of cattle raiding and sporadic fighting.

International Organization for Migration:

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Somalia + 13 others
CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014

Eleven countries were selected for allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis — Regional Impact Situation Report #28 23 July 2014

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Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$107 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all the four countries. Shortfalls may require WFP to implement ration cuts and stop selected activities such as school meals and blanket supplementary feeding, in order to prioritize assistance for new arrivals. This will have a negative impact on the nutrition situation of beneficiaries.

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Kenyan girls taken to remote regions to undergo FGM in secret

Report
Guardian

Perpetrators of female genital mutilation becoming more difficult to catch as hospitals and clinics carry out procedure covertly

Parents are taking their daughters to remote regions of Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in secret, according to the head of the country's new FGM prosecution unit.