Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
Most read reports
- Four taken ill amid cholera fears in Tharaka-Nithi County
- Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania shut refugee programmes as Europe and US reject migrants
- Health officials widen polio immunisation drive
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- Kenya: Kakuma and Kalobeyei Population Statistics by Country of Origin, Sex and Age Group (as of 15 August 2018)
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guinea worm in South Sudan
Cholera in Niger
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
by Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, provincial governors at a high-level emergency meeting signed the ‘Kinshasa Declaration for Polio Eradication’, committing to providing the necessary oversight, accountability and resources to urgently improve quality of outbreak response.
2,488,756* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 June (preand post-Dec 2013 caseload)
7,557* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in June, based on field reports as of 30 June
297,150 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs including 210,545 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.
KEY FIGURES *
63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)
4.66 million Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees,
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)
By KALUME KAZUNGU
The second phase of polio immunization campaign has kicked off in Lamu County with at least 20,000 children of five years and below targeted for the polio jab.
Lamu County Public Health Promotion Officer Mohamed Muhsin on Sunday said the campaign, that runs to August 8, would be conducted across the Lamu villages and urged residents to ensure their children are vaccinated.
The first phase of polio vaccination campaign was conducted between 11 and 15 July. The campaign saw at least 22,565 children vaccinated in Lamu County.
ASSISTED VOLUNTARY RETURNS
24 migrants-- 21 Somalis and 3 Kenyans-- were supported with Assisted Voluntary Return to their home countries
1 Burundian refugee resetteled to Finland from South Sudan
1 South Sudanese national returned from Niger
2 document verifications conducted for South Sudanese citizens
4 assessments were conducted (2 in Nimule; 1 in Renk; and 1 in Juba)
Alexander Betts, Remco Geervliet, Claire MacPherson, Naohiko Omata, Cory Rodgers, Olivier Sterck
Context. Kenya hosts nearly 500,000 refugees.1 Most of these refugees are from Somalia, but Kenya also hosts refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC, Burundi, and Sudan. Historically, most of the refugees have been concentrated in three main locations: the Dadaab camps, the Kakuma camps and Nairobi.
Message from the Chairperson and the President
Every day, the pulse of the 24-hour news cycle seems to beat more quickly and with greater urgency. At any given moment, somewhere around the world a story is breaking about diplomatic tensions, trade disputes, populism, migration flows, disruptive technologies or the impacts of climate change. More often than not, these stories are also set against a backdrop of violent conflict. The challenges are complex and interconnected, and there are no easy answers. The future feels uncertain.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
- In the month of June, the County experienced 6-13 days of moderate to heavy rainfall. The rainfall was generally well distributed in terms of time and space.
The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is above the normal range for the period, indicating very good state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Normal rainfall was received during the month of June in the first and second dekads.
The Vegetation Condition Index was significantly above-normal at 75.96.
The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.
Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)
Livestock body condition was normal for this time of the year.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators
No rainfall was received in June and this is normal
The vegetation condition was good and above the normal range.
Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)**
Crops were at grain filling/harvesting and were in good condition.
The livestock body conditions ranged from fair to good across the livelihood zones with no abnormal cases of migration, diseases or death reported.