A total of 1,046 cases of measles have been line-listed between 27 December 2010 and 14 April 2011 in Rift Valley, Nairobi and North Eastern Provinces. 11 deaths from measles have been confirmed in 2011 (IFRC).
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in New York on 16 December:
Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly launched a new kind of fund: a fund to ensure that when crisis struck, aid workers could start saving lives without delay; a fund that would reach everyone, even in emergencies that have been ignored or forgotten by much of the world; a fund that is fast, fair and efficient.
Rainy season and insecurity
Effects of the rainy season
· Explosions rock Nairobi; one person dies and 23 others are injured.
· Humanitarian space decreases with increasing insecurity along the Kenya/Somalia border region.
· Heavy rains hamper delivery of humanitarian assistance as Government and partners finalize flood contingency planning.
· Aid agencies scale down operations in the Dadaab camps following the abduction of two aid workers.
The Kenyan army moved into Somalia on 16 October 2011 in response to a series of kidnappings, including the most recent abduction of two MSF-Spain humanitarian staff from Ifo II West.
Drought Affected Areas
Over 10,000 people are estimated to be affected by dengue fever in Mandera, with six new cases in Nairobi and Wajir. The GoK and partners are aggressively working to control the outbreak through household-level surveillance and case management in Mandera, and surveillance and vector assessments underway in Isiolo, Eastleigh (Nairobi), Mandera, Wajir and Dadaab.
The security situation along the Kenyan-Somali border and around Dadaab is of continued concern. UN staff travel restrictions are in place for travel to locations near the Somali border with only critical missions being authorized.
In 2011 several large measles outbreaks have been reported from member states in the European and African regions, with several reported outbreaks in the Americas linked to Europe or Africa.
Summary: CHF 299,869 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 April 2011 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 883,796 children aged 6 to 14 years for Measles immunization and Vitamin A supplements. This is in response to a measles outbreak reported in Rift Valley, North Eastern and Coast Provinces in Kenya.
IGAD predicts good rains for the next season in parts of Kenya with food security expected to improve slightly in the worst-affected areas.
The number of admissions to nutritional feeding centres and outpatient sites in the most drought-affected counties in northern Kenya have either stabilized or reduced. No deaths due to malnutrition were reported this week.
■ More than 90 people killed in a fuel pipeline fire blaze incident in Nairobi’s Sinai Lunga Lunga slum
■ Western Kenya affected by floods as drought impacts continue ravaging northern pastoral areas
■ Kenya successfully hosts regional summit on Ending Drought Emergencies: A commitment to Sustainable Development
■ Cholera control operations heightened in Dadaab
Special Focus on Measles, Cholera, and Malaria in the Horn of Africa
162, 579 children aged 6-59 months vaccinated against measles in NE Kenya
Measles outbreak among refugees in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia
Summary: CHF 299,869 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 883,796 children. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.