Appeals & Response Plans
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- 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
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AMREF Kenya receives matching grant for mHealth Project
March 7, 2014. Nairobi, Kenya: AMREF Kenya and WelTel have partnered to secure a $2 million investment to improve patient care and expand the mobile health (mHealth) program across rural Kenya.
Half of the funding, USD$1 million, is from APHIAPLUS IMARISHA, a five year USAID-funded project managed by AMREF Kenya. Grand Challenges Canada, an organization funded by the Government of Canada that supports bold ideas with big impact in global health, has also invested USD$1 million.
Rose Thomas is a volunteer community health worker (CHW) from Ngomano village in Kibwezi District.
Rose is 49 years old, married and has four sons. She is actively involved in sensitising mothers and giving them education on the importance of ante-natal care, delivery at health facilities and immunisation. Because of the efforts of Rose and others involved in this project, the percentage of mothers delivering at the health centre has grown from 30% in 2005 to 63% in 2008 while immunisation coverage has also risen from 89% to 100%.
While the international target on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 is to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water before the 2015, MDGs 4 and 5 focus on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. At community level, the three seemingly distinctive goals are intricately roped together.
On the evening of March 6, the control room of the AMREF Flying Doctors received a call from the superintendent of the Mandera District Hospital in northern Kenya asking for help in evacuating three people who had been injured in separate incidents of insecurity. The patients were in serious condition and required specialised treatment in Nairobi.
The Republic of Kenya conducted a historic general election on March 4, 2013, the first election held under a new constitution passed in August 2010 that provides for the devolution of government to 47 counties. The last general election in 2007 resulted in violence across the country that led to loss of over 1,000 lives, displacement of thousands of people and destruction of property worth millions of shillings. As a result, beneficiaries of critical health service were unable to access treatment and care as the violence escalated and spilled over into 2008.
A team from the Postcode Lottery team visited Shompole Village in Magadi Division of Kajiado District on November 28, 2012 where they got a taste of AMREF Kenya’s Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) campaign.
AMREF has launched an mLearning project that will enable nurses and midwives in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to use their mobile phones to develop in their profession and keep up to date with latest medical knowledge.
The project was launched at the AMREF International Training Centre in Nairobi on August 28, 2012, with government officials from the three countries in attendance.
Pregnancy continues to carry with it a high risk of death for both mother and child in some parts of the world and especially in the developing world.
Sub-Saharan Africa is now the epicentre of maternal mortality in the world. Current trends indicate that despite global, regional and national policies to improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) being in place, countries like Kenya are yet to attain their targets particularly for MDGs 4 and 5 to decrease child and maternal mortality.
AMREF continues to collaborate with development partners, corporates and the wider AMREF family (nongovernmental organisations and friends of AMREF) in fundraising both within and outside Kenya, in a bid to combat the drought situation in the country.
Change is as good as rest, so the saying goes. Nothing says this better than the Maasai community in Loitoktok. Since time immemorial, they have led nomadic lifestyles, depending largely on livestock for their livelihood. However, the past three years have been characterised by hardship, as the region has not received proper rainfall. Hard hit by the drought currently facing the country, the communities in this area have lost large numbers of livestock.
In the heart of the Kibera informal settlement, a one roomed window-less house is home to four adults and three children. Three of the adults recently migrated from Makueni district in the eastern part of Kenya to their relatives’ house in Kibera to escape the hard and biting drought that saw them endure many long days without meals. However, life in the city is just as bleak as in the rural areas, with thousands just like them scrambling unsuccessfully for jobs in Nairobi’s industrial area.
AMREF has officially launched its drought response in Kenya with a medical camp in Turkana District, one of the regions worst affected by the drought.
Hundreds of people, men and women, young and old, their faces and bodies telling the story of hardship and hunger, turned up at the Loitanik Primary School in Kaikor division, eager for medical attention – and food.
Nairobi’s Dagoretti District is home to numerous immigrants from various parts of Kenya who settle here in search of employment and livelihood opportunities. Most of them live in low-income informal settlements and rely on casual labour and small-scale businesses to make a living.
Agnes Ndanu hails from Makueni District in eastern Kenya and was living in Nairobi’s Kibera slum until she and her family were kicked out of their house during the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2007/2008.
This week, AMREF joined hands with Humedica and World Concern to deliver five tonnes of food supplements and medical supplies to Daadab in northern Kenya, which is host to half a million refugees, many of whom have moved here as a result of the ongoing drought. Humedica is an international emergency aid organistion based in Germany, while World Concern is an international relief agency working in Africa, Asia and the Americas. AMREF, Humedica and World Concern are all recipients of funding raised through Sternstunden’s Radio Day campaign for drought relief work in the Horn of Africa.
Wajir Background For as far as the eye can see, the area surrounding Wajir town is covered in a carpet of loose red soil, dotted with a stubble of hardy thorn trees and leafless bushes. July is the ‘winter’ season in this arid district of northern Kenya, and while the mornings are relatively cool, the temperature rises quickly and by mid-afternoon, it is 36 degrees centigrade and rising.
While the Kenya Coast, with its sandy beaches and welcoming tourist resorts, is often perceived from the outside as a wealthy part of the country, those who live there know very well that beneath and beyond the illusory greenness of its expanses of palm fronds, life is harsh.
Each location on the Coast has its peculiarities, but these days, all share raw data which is brutal in its implications.
In response to the severe drought that is being experienced in the Horn Africa, AMREF has received over 1.2 million euro in the past week to meet immediate needs of the affected communities in the areas where we work. The money has been raised by AMREF in Germany, Austria and Italy. An impact assessment of AMREF programme areas in Kenya shows that activities have been disrupted as communities’ priorities shift towards the search for water and food.
The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Geoff Tooth, visited AMREF Headquarters on February 14, where he met and held discussions with AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma, and members of AMREF’s Executive Committee. Mr Tooth was accompanied by AusAID Counsellor Sue Graves.
If fistula was a condition affecting men, would it have taken us this long to do something about it?" Dr Eunice Kiereini, chairperson, Flying Doctors' Society of Africa
Sarah Omwenga could easily have passed for a surgeon as she confidently took to the podium at the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons' (ISOF) Conference in Nairobi this week.
In the midst of glaring heat and fast winds the AMREF AIC Naanam dispensary stands with its doors open to the Nanaam community of Turkana North District. Comprised of a basic examination room, pharmacy and a poorly equipped delivery room, the Nanaam dispensary is the only one within a radius of 50 kilometres. You can hear chattering sounds of children as their mothers queue on the verandah to have them weighed.