- The World Health Organization recommends a student-toilet ratio of 1:30 for boys and 1:25 toilets for girls.
- Of the 620 registered government public primary schools in Nakuru County, 482 do not meet this requirement.
- Nakuru County has a total of 9,655 toilets against a total student population of 323,447.
- The acute shortage of toilets has forced children to miss some lessons especially after their mid-morning break as the queues at the few available toilets are too long.
By JOYCE KIMANI
- Mr Daniel Wambua, a businessman in Mandera town told the Nation outside the KDF camp that hopes of being airlifted to Nairobi had diminished.
- They had been camping at a military camp in Mandera since the attack fearing for their safety. They opted to leave by road after their long wait for government rescue came to naught.
By MANASE OTSIALO
There was mass exodus Thursday as people working in the terror-hit Mandera County have decided to flee by road.
In 2012, an estimated 1.6 million people were living with HIV and roughly 57,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
Since 2007, the World Bank's Total War Against AIDS Project counseled over 5 million people for HIV and provided grants to more than 10,000 community-based organizations so that they can respond to local needs in HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation.
By: Winnie Kamau, IFRC
With World Humanitarian Summit consultations for eastern and southern Africa having taken in October, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing its contributions on issues it wishes to influence. In eastern Africa, that involves working with the Kenya Red Cross Society to conduct community consultations in the urban Mathare slums of Nairobi, and the rural Magarini slums in Malindi.
As at 20th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,282 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,126. As at 16th November 177,070 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.
Despite gains made by the Kenyan government in recent years, for many children living in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands education remains a far-fetched dream. In counties such as Marsabit, which are predominantly inhabited by pastoralists who seasonally migrate in search of pasture, accessing the formal schooling system is particularly challenging. As a result, the County exhibits the poorest education indicators in Kenya, with literacy levels as low as 20%.
By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI, TEA Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, November 15 2014 at 19:06
Power of One is a joint collaboration between Malaria No More, Novartis, Kimberley Clark and the Kenyan government.
The high-quality artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) drugs (Coartem Dispersible) formulated for children will be distributed to all public hospitals.
Kenya is the second country in Africa to benefit from the Power of One campaign currently also being implemented in Zambia.
The Short rains have started and some areas have started experiencing lightshowers. Temperatures rangingbetween 27°C to 35°C. The quantity of Pasture and browse within the County is currently below normal. In comparison to the month of September, the quantity of pasture and browse within the County has improved and this is attributed to light showers currently being experienced some areas of the County.
· The county’s Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was 27.3 an indication of a moderate drought status while the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) stood at 0.24 which was a normal situation for the period under review.
· The first half of the month of October was generally characterized by mixed weather (cloudy and sunny conditions) and the last half was characterized by cloudy and rainy weather. Onset of the OND Short rains was experienced in the last dekad of the month though on a poor spatial and space distribution.
Since 25th October 2014, conflict attacks among the Pokot and Tukana communities broke out in Turkana County. This was reported to be as result of the community leadership, and geographical boundaries for Kapedo community that is claimed to be in Baringo County, in reference to the 1972 boundary map. Although the retaliatory attacks in Kapedo village, were reported to be instigated when a young man from the Pokot community was killed in August 2014.
Tens of thousands of vulnerable women and children are benefitting from a much-needed Islamic Relief Kenya project.
The project to improve basic health and nutrition services in rural Kenya serves remote communities in Mandera and Wajir counties, where rates of poverty and malnutrition are high and many families are without access to even basic healthcare.
As at 5th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,131 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 178,995. As at 5th November 176,279 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.
Malnutrition in northern Kenya is especially detrimental for children, whose physical and mental development can be affected permanently. Our partners at Food for the Hungry, one of the humanitarian organisations working with ECHO's support, tell the story of how seven month-old Namojong overcame acute malnutrition and her community's actions to ensure that children are nourished and healthy.
Namojong Woiye is seven months old and bubbling with energy and a radiant smile. She is a stunning contrast to the malnourished baby her mother Eskon held a week earlier.
An average of 46.78 mm of rainfall was received in the County for the month of October. Mpeketoni received 49 mm of rainfall for 2 days, Witu 60 mm for 2 days, Hindi 48.4 mm for 2 days while Amu recorded 29.7 mm for 3 days. Compared to the 8 year long-term average of 111.06 mm, the average amount of rainfall received during the month of October was much lower than the long term mean. This was a sign of failure of the short rains.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
There was 54% increase in average amount of rainfall recorded in the county during the month of October to 59 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 good in cash cropping/dairy, mixed farming and food cropping but fair in livestock farming zone.
The county started experiencing some off season rains since August that continued to the month of October. Though only light showers that were experienced over the three months period, on average the rainfall for the county was above the normal for this time of the year. The six months (May – October) cumulative rainfall had a 27.2 % deficit compared to previous six months (April – September) cumulative rainfall that had a deficit of 72.4%. Spatial and temporal distribution was poor.