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New child-friendly HIV pill set for launch

In Summary

  • At the moment, children living with the virus take four to five different syrups of the formulation which has a bitter taste and is proving to be a real struggle getting them to take.

  • Paediatric HIV is now classified as “neglected” because majority of the victims come from poor and marginalised families who have little access to basic health care.


A child-friendly anti-retroviral that combines different drugs needed to manage HIV/Aids will soon be available in Kenya.

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FEATURE-Kenyan girls trading sex for food: One woman's battle to help


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00 GMT

Author: Katy Migiro

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs.

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100,000 new cases expected by year-end

In Summary

  • Mr Koome told the meeting with religious leaders that 60,000 people lived with the HIV virus in Mombasa County alone. In total, 1.6 million people are living with the virus in Kenya
  • Mombasa County currently has 12,000 drug addicts using syringes, out of which 18 per cent are living with HIV


Some 100,000 Kenyans may be infected by HIV virus by the end of this year if the annual average infections rate is anything to go by.

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Garissa County Drought Monthly Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014


  • The month remained dry all through with no rainfall recorded in all the sub counties.

  • The quality and quantity of pasture and browse deteriorated and is depleted in the wet season grazing areas mostly in the pastoral cattle /sheep zone, in the other livelihood zones where dry period grazing areas are situated the condition of pasture is scarce and browse as poor with high pressure exerted on by livestock concentrations.

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Isiolo County Drought monthly Bulletin – September 2014

Situation Overview

  • The Drought conditions worsened in all livelihood zones; however the pastoral zones oldonyiro, sericho and merti are severely affected.

  • Water situation worsened over the month (September). Borehole and shallow well sources declined in quantity and quality. Water problems are severe in Lakole, Badana, Qone and kipsing. Frequent borehole breakdown in pastoral LZ of merti and sericho. The cost of water at source increased to kshs.5 to kshs.30 per20ltr jerrican,high in Modogashe

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Kajiado County Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Bulletin, September 2014

Situation Overview

  • The county experienced dry and cold weather conditions in the month of September. Some “off season” light rains were experienced in the last dekad of August and in the 2nd dekad of September (14.5 mm). However, both temporal and spatial distribution was poor. The six months cumulative rainfall had a 72.4% deficit.

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Kilifi County Drought Monitoring Early Warning Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview:

  • There was an 11% increase in average amount of rainfall recorded in the county during the month of September to 38.4 mm compared to the previous month and this was normal at this time of the year when compared to long term mean.

  • On average pasture and browse condition in the month under review was fair in cash cropping/dairy, mixed farming and food cropping but poor in livestock farming zone.

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Kwale County Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2014

Situation overview:

  • The county continued to receive showers this month which was normal for this time of the year. The mixed farming zone posted the highest rainfall at 261.7 mm for an average 9.2 rainy days while the livestock farming posted the lowest amount at 223.4 mm for an average 5.7 rainy days.

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Lamu County Drought Monitoring and Early Warning System Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview

  • An average of 28.55 mm of rainfall was recorded in the County for the month of September. Mpeketoni received 26.8 mm of rainfall for 3 days, Witu 33.2 mm for 2 days, Hindi 21 mm for 5 days while Amu recorded 33.2 mm for 2 days. Compared to the 8 year long-term average of 27.68, this amount was above.

  • The main sources of water within the county during the month of September were shallow wells and boreholes accounting for about 41.67% each followed by Natural rivers and Djabias accounting for 8.33% each.

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Makueni County Drought Monthly Bulletin for September 2014


  • The drought early warning stage for the month of September is Alert and the trend is deteriorating.

  • No rainfall was reported was reported in September, the month was hot and sunny.

  • The water situation in the Marginal Farming livelihood zones was fair, in the Marginal Mixed farming Livelihood zone water stress was being experienced since the water levels had gone down especially in rivers and Earth Dams. This has led to an increase in waiting time at the available sources.

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Mandera County Drought Bulletin for the Month of September 2014

Situation Overview

  • No rains were recieved during the month under review. High temperatures has been witnessed.

  • Main sources of water for the month of September were Boreholes, water trucking, shallow wells,
    Earth pans, Rivers Daua, and underground water tanks.

  • Currently, over 100 centers are under water trucking in Mandera South, Banissa, Takaba, North,
    Lafey, and East sub counties with Takaba town among the areas water trucked.

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Meru County Drought Monthly Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview

  • The last four weeks remained largely dry which is normal for this time of the year

  • Declines in pasture and browse quality and quantity were noted this month compared to last month. Current conditions are not normal.

  • Average distances to grazing areas declined marginally to 13 km from 14 km the previous month.

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Moyale Sub-County Drought Monitoring Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview

  • No amount of rainfall was received in the month of September across Agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The situation is below normal at this particular period of the year.

  • Quality and quantity of pasture and browse is poor and deteriorating when compared to the preceding month and is normal at this time of the year.

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Kitui County Larger Mwingi Sub County EWS Drought Monitoring Bulletin - September 2014

Situation overview

  • No rainfall was reported in September and this is normal at this time of the year.

  • The condition of natural vegetation and pasture is fair to poor in quality and quantity across all livelihood zones with a deteriorating trend.

  • Market prices of major food commodities declined in September compared to last month.

  • Livestock body condition is fair for all the species with the exception of Tharaka ward where the body condition is poor for large species.

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Narok County Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014

Situation overview

  • The overall early warning stage for the county is ALERT, with a worsening trend. There has been no major rainfall since the end of long rains season which performed poorly with late onset and early cessation. This affected production upto now.

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Nyeri Kieni Sub-County Drought Monthly Bulletin for September 2014

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall of 20.8 mm was realised during the month accounting for over 300 percent on normal rains.

  • Kieni lowland continued to registered poor vegetation conditions which were of poor quality and quantity. Depletion rate was high due to competition over scarce foliage that has left most dry season grazing fields highly depleted and bare.

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Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana Kenya - A Summary Report for Stakeholders and Policy

What is this report about?

CBM in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the Kenyan Red Cross conducted a research study in the Horn of Africa crisis region about “Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana/Kenya”. The aim of the study was to assess whether children with disabilities were included within humanitarian and food security response programmes in Turkana, and whether there is an association between disability and malnutrition.