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31 Dec 2015 description

DADAAB, Kenya, Dec 31 (UNHCR) – Health workers at the world's largest refugee complex in Kenya are gaining the upper hand in battling a cholera outbreak that has killed 10 people and sickened around 1,000 others since it broke out last month amid rains linked to El Niño.

Cholera, an often fatal water-borne bacterial illness, which causes fever, vomiting and watery diarrhoea, flared up in mid-November at Dadaab, which comprises five camps hosting 347,000 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority fleeing violence in Somalia.

31 Dec 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • According to the data, out of the 937,467 candidates, 459,885 or 49.6 per cent were girls while 467,904 (representing 50.4 per cent) were boys.

  • Dr Matiang’i directed the county leaders and education bosses to put in place interventions that will ensure all girls of school-going age are enrolled in schools.

By MARYANNE GICOBI

The gap between the number of girls who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam this year compared to boys narrowed.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • In the results the Kenya National Examination Council released Wednesday, Mandera improved its mean score by 22 points while Garissa added 19 marks to its mean score.

  • These counties suffered a major shortage after most of the non-local teachers declined to return to work citing insecurity.

By MARYANNE GICOBI

Counties in North Eastern tremendously bettered their performance in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams despite insecurity and lack of teachers.

31 Dec 2015 description

SUMMARY POINTS

  • Maize grain, was the single most traded commodity in the East Africa region in 2015 as depicted in Figure 1. There were also significant informal cross-border trade of dry beans, cooking bananas, locally produced rice, sorghum, sesame; imported sugar, wheat and flour.

  • Most of the primary staple food commodities were informally traded while a majority of the processed food commodities were formally traded in the region in 2015.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Light showers received in some parts of the County during the reporting month.

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition index for the County was 47.21 indicating no drought.

  • All the biophysical indicators are within the expected normal range.

Socio economic indicators

  • Milk production and consumption has improved when compared to last month and are above the long term averages.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains season was late with an average rainfall of 82.4% which is within normal range.

  • In the month under review, rainfall distribution was uneven in terms of space and poor with respect to time.

  • 3month Vegetation condition index is within normal range.

  • The water situation has improved compared to the previous month.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall subsided over December in pastoral zones while few rainy Days were recorded in agro pastoral areas. The performance is poor in Merti Sub County.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators - The biophysical indicators show positive fluctuations within the expected seasonal ranges. - The seasonal short rains have started on the second week of November. - The vegetation condition. The 3-month VCI shows that the County vegetation condition is within normal ranges at 39.52 which was an increase compared to the month of November which was at 30.59. - Currently the state of water sources is at the range of 2-3 in the county.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators - The short rains cessation was noted towards the end of December. - Average vegetation condition for the entire county has improved compared to last month as measured by Vegetation Condition Index (VCI). The current situation is within the normal range at this time of the year. - 3 month VCI for Samburu East remained below normal range but 1 month VCI was above normal range. - Ground and surface water sources recharge levels have improved compared to last month.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators - First half of November registered poorly distributed rains in terms of volume, time and space. However heavy downpour was realised for between 5-7 days during second half which was above normal thresholds. - Vegetation Condition Index of 34.28 was registered indicating moderate vegetation deficit. - Rivers were fully recharged while holding structures were at full capacity. Access to water was good across livelihood zones.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 County Background Information

30 Dec 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Ministry of Health officials Tuesday confirmed the nationwide shortage of Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine that protects children against TB and diseases like meningitis.

  • The vaccine, which is given as a single dose, is commonly administered at birth and is on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of essential medicines.

  • At least one million children contract TB worldwide each year, 140,000 of whom die of the curable disease.

By EVERLYNE SIMIYU

By EUNICE KILONZO

29 Dec 2015 description
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The current Burundi refugee situation began late April 2015 with the initial arrival of 210 persons of concern. The months that followed saw a significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry point in Buhigwe district. The population was assisted to relocate to Nyarugusu camp, which was laready host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese.

29 Dec 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Andrew Wasike / mc

Scores of houses went up in flames after violence ignited between two pastoralist communities in Narok County, Kenya. The authorities have called for calm and imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew.

Over 250 houses were burned down after fighting broke out on December 25, 2015 between Kenya's Massai and Kipsigis communities, which dominate Narok County in Kenya's Great Rift Valley region. At least two people have been killed and thousands displaced.