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Children need anti-retroviral drugs most, says report

In Summary

  • Health ministry says children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment.
  • A report says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

Children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment, according to the Health ministry.

A report, to be released on Wednesday by the Aids control council, says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

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Kenya’s Own ‘Erin Brokovich’ Changes Lives of Girl Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Adam Bemma

MERU, Kenya, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - Surrounded by endless rows of green tea plants, Mary carefully picked a leaf and placed it into a basket next to her. It seemed like an ordinary day at work for the 13-year-old girl from Meru, in central Kenya. After work she escaped to the adjacent farm for privacy, but was instead attacked and raped by a middle aged man.

“My grandmother took me to the police to make a report, but they didn’t arrest him. I was told he bribed the police,” Mary* tells IPS as her 11-month-old baby girl sits on her lap.

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HealthRight Funded to Integrate Family Planning into Kenya Programs

In March of this year, HealthRight was awarded nearly $500,000 from Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) to integrate family planning activities into Kenya’s program to improve maternal and neonatal health. In Marakwet, Kenya, only 35% of women of reproductive age use a modern method of family planning and many have inaccurate information about the benefits of healthy birth spacing.

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Kakuma Operational Update 7th – 13th August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 13th August 2014, Kakuma had received 41,890 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 177,330. Out of this figure, 170,591 had been registered by UNHCR and DRA as at 8 th August 2014.

  • 122 urban refugees were received in the past week, bringing the total number received in Kakuma by DRA to 5,980 as at 13th August 2014.

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Nyeri Kieni Sub-County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation Overview

  • The month of July was generally dry and windy. Light showers were realized in some parts of the Kieni Sub County which had no significant impact on both crops and livestock production.
    On average, 39.95 mm of rainfall were realized during the month.

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Mwingi County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation overview

  • No rainfall was reported in July.

  • The condition of natural vegetation and pasture is fair in quality and quantity across all livelihood zones with a deteriorating trend with the exception of Tseikuru and Tharaka wards which have poor pasture and browse conditions.

  • Market prices of major food commodities declined in July 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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Tana River County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation Overview

  • The long dry spell has started and some areas have started experiencing water stress. Temperatures ranging between 25°C to 31°C.

  • The pasture and browse condition is currently fair in both Pastoral and marginal mixed livelihood zones but better in mixed livelihood zones. Pasture and browse is expected to change as the long rains season is coming to an end and the amount of rainfall has drastically reduced in all livelihood zones.

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Tharaka County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation Overview:

  • Dry weather continued in most parts of the county similar to previous month with cool temperature and dusty conditions prevailing in the entire month of July.

  • As a result of continued dry spell in the last five dekads, the satellite-derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) depicted significantly below average vegetation conditions compared to the 2001 to 2010 mean.

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Wajir County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation Overview

  • The county drought situation is at late phase of alert stage on worsening trend following the depressed rainfall performance.

  • The month of July marked the climax 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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West Pokot County Drought Monthly Bulletin for July 2014

Situation Overview

  • Generally during the month of July, major parts of the county received depressed rainfalls below 50% of the normal.

  • Temporal and spatial distribution was fair in mixed farming livelihoods but poor in pastoral and agro-pastoral during the period under review.

  • Pastoral parts of Alale, Kiwawa, Kasei and Chesegon recorded depressed rainfall ranging between 10 mm to 40 mm.

  • Others areas had rains amount of between 40 mm – 120 mm.

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UNHCR Operational Update Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya 16 - 31 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Final preparations of a pilot project to support spontaneous voluntary return are ongoing. Once the Tripartite Commission (governments of Somalia and Kenya and UNHCR) meets, UNHCR and partners will start providing a support package for refugees who have made an informed decision to spontaneously return to three designated areas in Somalia (Luuq, Baidowa and Kismayo). Information exchange with the refugee community on return is taking place through radio, counseling at the five Return Help Desks and focus group discussions.

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Making micronutrient powder accessible in Kenya

Phillips Healthcare Services Limited joins the Business Call to Action

New York/Nairobi -- Phillips Healthcare Services Limited (PHSL) announced its plan to join the Business Call to Action (BCtA). PHSL brings its expertise in providing affordable and sustainable healthcare solutions for tackling malnutrition in Kenya. The company has also announced plans to expand its pilot nutritional supplement programme to reach more than 150,000 young children with micronutrient powder by 2018.

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Inter Agency Response Analysis Field Mission East Pokot, Baringo County 14th – 19th July 2014

Need for emergency food, water and livestock interventions in East Pokot as drought worsens

8 August, 2014-Nairobi - The Sub-County of East Pokot, Baringo County is facing severe drought conditions. Due to inconsistent rains in 2014, households are currently unable to meet their basic food and water needs as well as sustain their livestock.

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Kakuma Operational Update 1st – 6th August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 6 th August 2014, Kakuma had received 41,780 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 177,210. Out of this figure, 169,652 had been registered by UNHCR and DRA as at 4th August 2014.

  • 104 urban refugees were received in the past week, bringing the total number received in Kakuma by DRA to 5,961 as at 6 th August 2014.

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Big stride as 8.6mn children are vaccinated against polio

In Summary

  • Kakamega’s immunisation surpassed its target by over 6,000 children after 406,735 were immunised. Kisii produced the highest number of children for immunisation in Nyanza at 306,175 children.

  • Lamu County had the lowest number of children in the country, with only 20,699 being vaccinated, out of the targeted 22,669 children.

  • Isiolo, Taita Taveta and Samburu counties too recorded low turnouts of 33,285; 49,404 and 51,863 children respectively.

By STELLA CHERONO

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Rights group sues Kenya over separated refugee children

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:17 GMT
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Kenyan human rights group has taken legal action against the government, accusing it of separating 300 children from their parents who were arrested and taken to refugee camps four months ago.

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