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Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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Books in local languages enhance child learning

Report
World Vision

Emily Wallace
Education Resource Adaptation Trainer
World Vision International

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Moyale Sub-County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • Erratic rainfall was received in the month of March across Agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The situation is below normal at this particular period of the year. The month was characterized by chilly temperature with cloud cover.

  • The onset of long rains was characterized by below average rainfall amounts.

  • Quality and quantity of browse and pasture is fair and improving when compared to the preceding month and is normal across the livelihood zones. Standing hay improved.

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Nyeri County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview

  • March-April-May (MAM) rainy season onset began in mid March. The onset was timely while its progress was slow and scanty as we proceed into the month of April. So far, good rains were realized for between 4 to 5 days in both Kieni East and West sub counties, besides an equivalent number of days of light rains during the month. Current rains were however below average compared to normal. Rainfall estimate for the month stood at 64.08mm, compared to the long term estimate of 93.51mm accounting for 68.5 percent of normal.

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Narok County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation overview

  • The overall early warning stage of the district is NORMAL, with stability. Rains improved and led to better water and pasture availability.

  • A total of 71 mm of rainfall was received in the county during the month, more than 27 mm of the previous month. The rainfall was heavy and had a good impact on water, pasture and browse situations.

  • The quality and quantity of pasture/browse was good and on the upward trend. Available pasture is approximated to last over two months if the trend continues.

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Tharaka Nithi County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

Situation Overview:

  • The month of March registered onset of the long-rains season of which rainfall was recorded in various parts of the county in the second and third dekad for an average of four days.

  • The quantity and quality of natural pasture and browse was poor but improving across all livelihoods.

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Wajir County Drought Monthly Bulletin for March 2014

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • The county situation is returning to normal, following the onset of rains. Only the pastoral-all species livelihood zone has received a relatively low amount of rainfall as compared to others.

  • Regeneration of pasture and browse in areas that received showers in the 1st and 2nd weeks (10th -23th) was observed. Both quality and quantity of pastures and browse in all livelihood zones is improving.

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Kakuma Camp Update - 08 April – 15 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,097 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 14th April, a total of 34,301 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 165,000

Movement of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be hindered by rains that have resulted in lower numbers arriving at the Nadapal border. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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A mother’s death costs the family dear - Kenyan study

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IRIN

KISUMU, 10 April 2014 (IRIN) - While the death of a mother during childbirth has obvious emotional and personal implications, a new study in Kenya that quantifies the precise economic burden on households has found that it can be debilitating for a family and push them into poverty.

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Remarks by Tara Simpson, USAID Kenya Deputy Team Leader for HIV, at the Wezesha Orphans & Vulnerable Children Project Launch

It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate the launch of Wezesha Project. Wezesha Project is a USAID partnership with Lifeskills Promoters, and its partners, St Johns’ Community Center and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya, to coordinate the sustainable care of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori Counties.

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Kakuma Camp Update - 01 April – 08 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,137 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 7th April, a total of 33,399 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 163,000

Notably, there has been a reduction in the number of arrivals in the past week due to rains in South Sudan that has hindered movement. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya

Report
IRIN

KISUMU, 28 March 2014 (IRIN) - Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the disease, according to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Kenyan women unite to increase access to maternal and child health

Report
UNAIDS

More than 100 leaders and representatives of women’s rights organizations from across Kenya came together on 24 March in Nairobi to discuss ways to stop new HIV infections among children by 2015 and improve the health of mothers in the country.

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Rain storm destroys five classrooms

In Summary

  • Headteacher Willy Chepchieng called on the county and national governments and other well-wishers to assist rebuild the school

  • The most affected are Standard Seven pupils who are forced to study in a classroom without a roof and have to be relocated to Standard Eight when it rains

Strong winds accompanied by heavy rains have destroyed five classrooms in Baringo, forcing pupils in one school to share a room.

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Kenya Food Security Outlook Update March 2014

Below normal March to May rains likely to slow recovery in pastoral areas

Key Messages

  • The acutely food insecure population increased from 0.85 million in August 2013 to 1.3 million in February 2014 according to the Kenya Food Security Steering Group’s (KFSSG) short rains assessment. Acutely food insecure households were concentrated in northeastern pastoral areas in Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Tana River, and Wajir Counties.

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Heavy rains disrupt learning

In Summary

  • Wajir, Tana River and parts of Kilifi and Mombasa counties to experience heavy rains Tuesday

  • 10 schools adjacent to Lake Baringo risk closure as the lake’s water level continues to rise

By WYCLIFFE KIPSANG

The heavy rains which have been pounding most parts of the country are expected to decrease in the next five days, the meteorological department has said.

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DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya

DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya

DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya Reducing under-five child mortality is a global priority and has seen remarkable progress. Under-five mortality has fallen by 24% in Kenya since 1990 but this is less than global and regional averages and the level in Kenya remains high.

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A Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and Communities - Summary of Research Findings

Family Care International (FCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration 2014

Across the developing world, a woman dies every two minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Improving maternal health is widely acknowledged as a global public health priority and an urgent social justice and human rights issue. However, Kenya and other developing countries, continue to have a high maternal mortality ratio despite commitment from the government to address the issue.