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Kenya: Drought Emergency appeal n° MDRKE030 operations update n° 2

The situation has continued to worsen due to increased food prices, which have continually eroded household purchasing power driven by increases in the cost of fuel, and general inflation.

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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update 18th – 24th September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 24th September 2014, Kakuma had received 43,485 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 178,445. As at 21st September 174,737refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA.

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Seven years of resistance: one girl’s fight against FGM

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nancy Tomee resisted female genital mutilation (FGM) for seven long years, enduring bullying and abuse before a local organization intervened on her behalf. Yesterday, Ms. Tomee spoke to dignitaries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about her efforts to empower other girls to stand up against FGM.

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HealthRight Kenya Partners with WomanCare

WomanCare has donated 11 manual vacuum aspiration plus kits (MVA Plus) to HealthRight’s Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health Plus project for use in partner facilities in Marakwet East and West Kenya. MVA Plus helps health care workers save the lives of pregnant women who experience bleeding due to an induced or spontaneous miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy. During the donation ceremony, Dr.

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Refugee graduates work, study and service their communities

Rome, 22 September 2014 – For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma programme managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins (JC:HEM). JRS has found that the most graduates are likely to find employment or continue their studies, and nearly all the students engage in service to their communities.

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Kakuma Operational Update 11th – 17th September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 17th September 2014, Kakuma had received 43,253 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 178,210. As at 15th September 174,398 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA.

  • A delegation from WFP Ethiopia, UNHCR Ethiopia and the Administration for Refugee and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) conducted a day mission to Kakuma.

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In Turkana, one nurse is also the doctor for 3,000 villagers

In Summary

  • On a typical working day, Edward, who works seven days a week, opens the health centre at 7am.

  • The reality is that he works alone and long forgot the luxury of work-free weekends.

  • The public institution uses the equipment donated by the Safaricom Foundation.

Loreng’elup is a small village in Turkana East, sitting about 60 kilometres from Lodwar Town, the county headquarters.

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Health workers’ strike taking toll on HIV patients

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  • According to Mr Koome, 60 per cent of people infected with the virus fail to receive the anti-retroviral drugs every time health workers go on strike.

HIV patients are bearing the brunt of the ongoing strike in the public health sector, the National Aids Control Council says.

The patients have missed or defaulted on taking their life-prolonging drugs as doctors and nurses in public hospitals boycott work in protest over unpaid salaries, Nacc Regional Coordinator Julius Koome said on Tuesday.

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60,000 families need relief food

In Summary

  • The drought management coordinator said most of the water points in the constituency had dried up due to the prolonged drought
  • According to the legislator, some parents had failed to raise money for school fees because their animals were not fetching much on the market because of their poor state
  • The lawmaker appealed to both the national and county governments to initiate a livestock offtake programme under which the weaker animals would be bought and slaughtered

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR

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Kakuma Operational Update 28th August - 3rd September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kakuma experienced more rains from 2nd to 3rd September. Parts of the camp were flooded, some access roads to the camp were cut off and even parts of the UNHCR office compound were flooded.

  • Refugees were unable to access some service points such as food distribution centres in Kakuma 1 and 3 which were flooded. One river was so flooded that accessibility to Kakuma 2, 3 and 4 was disrupted for several hours.

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From next year, babies to get booster polio jab

Report
EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI, Special Correspondent

An injectable form of the polio vaccine will be introduced into Kenya’s immunisation programme from next year, to contain the on and off outbreaks reported in the country.

It will be an additional dose to the oral polio vaccines currently being given to children.

The oral polio vaccine made from a live poliovirus is given to children in three doses: At two months, four months and the last at between the ages of six and 18 months.

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Mandera Attacks Situation Report (SITREP 02) on 5th September 2014

Report
Kenya Red Cross
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Introduction

Since 22nd August 2014, a series of attacks were experienced in Mandera County between the communities from the Mandera North Sub-County and Banisa Sub-County. This is barely two months after similar inter clan attacks were experienced in Mandera South and Wajir boarder where over 45 lives were lost and 13,536 displaced households (HHs).

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Mothers and children scratching a living on Eldoret dump

Report
Guardian

Extreme poverty drives some Kenyans to scavenge through rubbish dumps for materials to sell for recycling. At the main dump in Eldoret, a town in Kenya’s Rift valley with a population of 280,000, people sift through debris, despite the risks of disease and injury, and the threat of violence. Even though primary education is free in Kenya, many children work at the dumps to help support their family

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West Pokot County Drought Monthly Bulletin for August 2014

Situation Overview

  • During the month of August, the county received light rains in the first and second dekads but the amounts peaked in the third dekad.

  • Marginal pockets of Sigor bordering Turkana South, Tapach and Chesegon bordering Tiaty received cumulative rainfall between 40 – 80 mm.

  • Other parts of Alale, Kiwawa, Kasei and Sook had 80 – 120 mm average rainfall.

  • Enhanced cumulativerainfall amount of 160 – 200 mm was recorded in pockets of Kacheliba and Kongelai divisions.

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Wajir County Drought Monthly Bulletin for August 2014

Situation Overview

  • The county drought situation is at early phase of alarm stage on a worsening trend following the depressed long rains (MAM) rainfall performance.

  • The month of August marked the culmination of the cold ‘hagai’ season which was generally characterized by cloudy weather conditions and reduced maximum day time temperatures. No rain was received during the month.

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Tharaka County Drought Monthly Bulletin for August 2014

Situation Overview:

 Dry weather prevailed in most parts of the county. However, off season rains were received on 30th August for one day amounting to 22.17mm as noted in Karocho sentinel site, 18mm on 31st August for one day in Kanyuru sentinel site and 52mm on 23rd August for one day in Chiakariga sentinel site.