Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 - Kenya
Total affected population: 2,021,000
Total affected children: 869,000
Total people to be reached in 2017: 800,000
Total children to be reached in 2017: 600,000
434,500 children under 5 accessing an integrated package of health interventions, including for the management of diarrhoeal diseases
232,000 persons affected by crises are reached with safe water interventions
172,000 children aged 3 to 18 years affected by crises accessing formal and non-formal education opportunities
Poor rains related to El Niño and La Niña conditions have left 1.3 million people1 food insecure in Kenya. Global acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caseloads have increased by 19 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively, since July 2016.
An estimated 337,292 children under 5 are expected to require treatment for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and 75,300 children under 5 will require SAM treatment. Disease epidemics, including measles and chikungunya fever, continue, while risk factors for yellow fever outbreaks remain. Cholera outbreaks have continued since December 2014, with a case fatality rate of 1.5 per cent, 2 above the emergency threshold. Kenya currently hosts an estimated 502,739 refugees, primarily from South Sudan and Somalia, 57 per cent of whom are children under 18. 3 The situation of children may be further exacerbated by 2017 post-election violence, with 220,000 people at risk of displacement, and the proposed closure of Dadaab Camp, which hosts 276,269 refugees, most from Somalia.
Building on results achieved in 2016, UNICEF will continue to strengthen its sector coordination, multi-sectoral coordination at national and county levels and cross-border coordination, and will work with the Government and key partners to implement life-saving and protective interventions. In 2017, UNICEF and partners will respond to the survival and protection needs of more than 600,000 children by delivering nutrition treatment; increasing access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation; strengthening disease prevention and response, focusing on cholera; improving access to education; and providing protection services, particularly for children affected by resource-based community conflict tied to the La Niña-related drought. UNICEF’s response, particularly in nutrition, will continue to bridge the humanitariandevelopment divide through multi-sector convergence and programming for resilience. Preparedness measures and support to national and county level contingency planning will be put in place for potential post-election violence and displacement. Response to refugee influxes will continue and will include profiling protection concerns for children affected by the voluntary repatriation of refugees due to the potential closure of Dadaab Camp.