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22 Jul 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, Kenya is experiencing an upsurge of cholera cases. The first cholera outbreak reported in 2017 was in Tana River County. The outbreak started on 10 October 2016 and was controlled by April 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

Gesture aims to encourage governments to support FAO's emergency response

21 July 2017, Rome - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis said the funds are "a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought."

21 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • The pest has affected 100,000 hectares of maize plantation, further threatening food security.

  • Uasin Gishu has trained its sights on intensive sensitisation programmes for farmers, especially those who grow maize during the off-seasons.

  • The ministry has approved at least nine chemicals for controlling the pest.

By STANLEY KIMUGE

Kenyan maize farmers in the North Rift are battling re-infestation of the fall armyworm that is threatening the country's food security.

21 Jul 2017 description

Continued heavy rainfall causes ooding in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

  2. Repeated weeks of very heavy, above-normal rains have oversaturated the ground in parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. More heavy rain during the next week is likely to cause further flooding.

20 Jul 2017 description

Kalobeiyei, Kenya 20 July 2017—Song and dance marked the ceremony where trainees of a Japanese technology were issued with certificates at Kalobeiyei Settlement in Kenya’s Turkana County.

Awarding the certificates to the graduates – which was a mixture of the host community and refugees- First Secretary at the Japan Embassy in Nairobi Mr. Ito Yo challenged them to put into practice what they had learnt to earn themselves a decent living.

20 Jul 2017 description

MSF facilities struggling to cope with influx of patients

Two consecutive strikes by health professionals in 2017 have caused crippling consequences to Kenya’s health system, leaving many public health facilities closed and thousands of people without access to essential medical services.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Cleopa Mailu on Wednesday announced that Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels in Nairobi have been closed down indefinitely in the wake of cholera outbreak.

The two hotels are said to have offered catering services at events where participants were later hospitalised after developing cholera-related symptoms.

The minister further said 12 counties have been affected by the outbreak with Nairobi and Garissa, in the northeast, being the worst hit.

Four deaths

19 Jul 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Republic of Kenya Ministry of Health

The National Government through the Ministry of Health is concerned with the increasing incidences of food borne diarrheal, poisoning and cholera in different towns and cities in the country, often related to public functions and outsourcing of food. So far 336 cases with related signs and symptoms; and 3 deaths have been recorded by the Nairobi County since May 2017.

19 Jul 2017 description

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chairman Young, Ranking Member Merkley, and the members of this subcommittee for holding this important and timely hearing today. Refugees International (RI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people in parts of the world impacted by conflict, persecution and forced displacement. Based here in Washington, we conduct fact-finding missions to research and report on the circumstances of displaced populations in countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Uganda, and Turkey.

19 Jul 2017 description

Kalobeiyei, 18 July 2017 – Renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design as many as 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern Kenya.

Signing the agreement on site in Northern Kenya, Ban explained that the most important thing was to ensure that the design was sustainable.

19 Jul 2017 description

By Dorina Bekoe

As the Kenyan electoral campaign heads into the homestretch, prospects for violence remain mixed. The Africa Center’s Dorina Bekoe offers an assessment.

19 Jul 2017 description
report Women Under Siege

By Joyce J. Wangui/Guest blogger — July 18, 2017

Nairobi—In the violence that rocked Kenya following the disputed elections of 2007, the media reported hundreds of cases of sexualized violence. Jane’s was one of them.

Read more on Women Under Siege

19 Jul 2017 description
report Amref Health Africa

Today, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) celebrated the launch of a partnership with Amref Health Africa that will sustainably improve the health and enable the economic empowerment of more than 500,000 people living in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda through improved access to safe water and sanitation as well as economic empowerment through income generating opportunities.

19 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By Beatrice Materu

East African states have recorded a drop in annual headline inflation for the year ending June 2017, mostly due to a decline in food and non-beverage prices.

Tanzania recorded 5.4 per cent year-on-year inflation in June 2017, from 6.1 per cent in the previous month.

Kenya recorded a drop compared to its EAC counterparts, of 2.49 per cent, from 11.7 per cent the previous month to 9.21 per cent in June 2017, spurred by a slowdown in prices of fresh food and fuels.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

18 Jul 2017 description

DRC

Since 22 June, 60,000 new IDPs from Kasai region are in need of protection, health and food.

Since late June, an estimated 80,000 people have fled from Fizi territory due to violence between Mayi-Mayi armed groups and the FARDC. High needs of shelter, WASH, health and protection have been reported.

On 11 July, a cholera outbreak due to unsafe water usage was declared in Goma, Nord-Kivu, with 450-580 suspected cases and four deaths recorded from 26 June-11 July.

18 Jul 2017 description

Rainfall

In Somalia there are unfavourable prospects for this year's main Gu crops, after the Gu rains were late and poorly distributed over most areas of the country. In the Lower Shabelle region, the main maize producing area, seasonal rainfall was about 50 per cent belowaverage with drought conditions currently affecting up to 85 per cent of the cropland.

18 Jul 2017 description

Kenyatta’s election promise of free secondary schooling ignores the real problem in education.

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced that if re-elected on 8 August, his government would provide free secondary education by 2019. Kenyatta believes that secondary education at no cost would increase the transition rate from primary to secondary school.