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16 Oct 2017 description

Kenya: Police Killed, Beat Post-Election Protesters

Authorities Should Rein in Law Enforcement for Repeat Election

(Nairobi) – Kenyan police killed at least 33 people, possibly as many as 50, and injured hundreds more in some parts of Nairobi, the capital, in response to protests following the August 8, 2017 elections, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today.

15 Oct 2017 description

883.5 M required for 2017

257.4 M contributions received, representing 31% of requirements

626.1 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

14 Oct 2017 description

IN THIS ISSUE

Page 1 Sustainable reintegration through cash-based interventions

Page 3 UNHCR Somalia the biggest CBIs operation in Africa by a large margin

Page 4 Payment process of a cash assistance for Somali refugee returnees

Page 5 CBIs monitoring exercise: preliminary findings

Page 6 Cash assistance revitalizes local economy

Page 7 A returnee family integrates with CBIs assistance

14 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact
media@savechildren.org

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 13, 2017) — Gabriela Hearst pledged to donate $600,000 for Save the Children’s famine relief efforts in Turkana, Kenya. To help raise much-needed awareness of the famine and in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and Bergdorf Goodman, the highly coveted Gabriela Hearst handbag collection was available for immediate purchase for the first time from October 1 to 8, 2017.

14 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they aired the grievances three months ago.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions

  • Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs

  • USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description

WASHINGTON/ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will provide daily school meals for nearly half a million children in four countries over the next several years through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program.

13 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

Even at the best of times, the people of Turkana live on the edge. Almost all of the 1.3 million inhabitants of this arid county in northwest Kenya endure extreme poverty. Malnutrition rates are among the highest in the country. Since much of the land here is unsuitable for agriculture, most of the population raises livestock, herding animals long distances to find good pasture and plentiful water.

Read more on IRIN

13 Oct 2017 description

On 27 September 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation.
He said, “The path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region,” adding that the Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum seekers at national and regional levels.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Oxfam

Key Statistics

  • 22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

  • 15 million People facing crisis and emergencey food insecurity - 84,575 Cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) / Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

  • 1.8 Million People in Kenya,
    Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

  • $1,612,000 Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

CONTEXT UPDATE

13 Oct 2017 description

Reacting to the Kenyan government’s decision to ban demonstrations in the central business districts of the country’s three main cities, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

“This ban, announced just two weeks ahead of a fraught repeat presidential election, is likely to become a basis for heavy-handed police crackdowns,

13 Oct 2017 description
report CGIAR

Working Paper No. 209

Ruth Aura
Mary Nyasimi
Laura Cramer
Philip Thornton

Abstract/Description

13 Oct 2017 description

Using information and communication technologies to extend healthcare to poor and marginalized populations in Kenya seems an obvious choice. Kenya’s remote rural regions suffer from a dire shortage of health workers and health facilities, yet more than 90% of the country is covered by mobile services.

Although this strong mobile penetration has led to a boom in eHealth projects, research carried out by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme reveals that it has not made healthcare more accessible across the country.

13 Oct 2017 description

GWP has been implementing the Water, Climate and Development Program for Africa (WACDEP) as part of the work plan of the African Union’s African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW). The First Phase of WACDEP has been implemented in 8 countries and 5 transboundary basins in Africa. AMCOW, during the Africa Water Week in July 2016 in Tanzania, endorsed WACDEP to be expanded to additional 10 countries. Kenya is one of the countries selected for the second phase of WACDEP.

12 Oct 2017 description

Despite average rainfall over East Africa, risk of flooding remains high in Sudan and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. and below-normal rainfall in August and early September has produced moderate to large moisture deficits in parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.

  2. Below-average rain over the past three months has resulted in poor ground conditions in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

12 Oct 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Kenya: Challenges

  • More sub-optimal coordination in responding to outbreaks
  • Limited resources such as water treatment chemicals
  • Limited laboratory capacity in some Counties for Cholera confirmation
  • Limited capacity in response as majority of the Rapid Response Teams especially at county level are not trained
  • Limited resources for health promotion and community engagement
  • Insecurity in various parts of the country including; Garissa

Somalia: Challenges