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16 Nov 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are home to more than two million refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
  • The bulk of this population — about 1.47 million people — is in Uganda, despite its economy and land size being smaller than those of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • The refugees are fleeing civil war and famine, only to find themselves unsettled, plagued by funding shortfalls from international donors, xenophobia and corrupt officials

By Pauline Kairu

25 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning.
  • Those who braved the pounding rains got to work wet.

A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups.

The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility.

Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning.

Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

23 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

A warning of worse flooding by the Meteorological Department has seen hundred of families flee their homes in Tana River County.

Residents of Kone village and other parts of Galole and Tana Delta have started pitching camp on higher ground as the rains have begun.

LESSONS LEARNED

They told the Nation that they had decided to move early to minimise the losses experiences last season, when tens of thousands were displaced.

23 Oct 2018 description
report The Guardian

Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continent

Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.

22 Oct 2018 description

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 22 2018 (IPS) - Solar energy has long powered homes, businesses and portable electronics. Now, it’s powering a field hospital in the middle of the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp.

Last month, my organization, the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, opened the HOPE Field Hospital for Women in the Kutupalong mega-camp for Rohingya refugees.

19 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MANASE OTSIALO

At least two people have died of measles and 313 other cases have been reported in Mandera County since February when the disease was first detected, according to the county’s health department.

The disease has affected both children under the age of five and adults, leaving a child and an elderly woman dead.

LOW IMMUNISATION

19 Oct 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

William B Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance; Adjunct Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The concept of One Health is deceptively simple: it’s the recognition that human, animal and environmental health are all inherently linked.

15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JONATHAN KAMOGA

A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By FLORAH KOECH

More than 1,000 people who fled their homes in March last year have voluntarily left the camp they had sought refuge, saying they can no longer handle mounting challenges there.

The internally displaced people (IDPs) are mostly from Mukutani in Baringo South. They had been camping at Eldume in the sub county, more than 70km from their homes, after they moved out following a deadly banditry attack last year.

The attack left 11 people dead, among them four children and seven women.

20 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Since the early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have used this road to escape the fighting and find refuge in Dadaab, which today hosts 209,606 refugees.

  • Dadaab has 22 primary and six secondary schools, 22 early childhood education centres and nine alternative basic education centres.

  • It is easier for boys to remain in school than it is for girls. For instance, when girls start menstruating, many opt to drop out even though some schools offer sanitary pads.

19 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

From the sky, the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County looks like a tuft of green hair in the balding savannah that is the northern part of Kenya.

Sporadic clouds throw black splotches that look like burn scars on the pale peach-hued earth. To the sympathetic eye, the camp looks like an oasis in the middle of the parched land that stretches to the Kenya-Somalia border where terrorism has interrupted the rhythm of life.

16 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty.

Inside the camp, where tin and mud-walled houses are shielded from the wind by dry twig fences, the road narrows as it winds its way to the block E6 dispensary in the heart of the camp.

This is the first day of the round one vaccination campaign against polio in 12 high-risk counties, including Garissa.

The latest round targets children under five years, who will get the bivalent oral polio vaccine.

15 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ALEX NJERU

A woman from Muragara village, Tharaka-Nithi County, and her children, have been diagnosed with cholera-like symptoms, raising fears of the disease outbreak in the region.

Ms Elda Mukwanjeru and her three children, who were suffering from severe diarrhoea and vomiting, were on Thursday rushed to Chuka Consolata Mission Hospital.

Another child from the neighbourhood was also taken to the same facility on Friday night with similar symptoms.

04 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Karen Villholth Principal researcher; also Coordinator of the global partnership GRIPP, Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, International Water Management Institute

21 Aug 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By FLORAH KOECH

Water levels at major lakes in Baringo County have increased tremendously in the past one month sparking fears of flooding in adjacent homesteads.

The most affected lakes are Bogoria and Baringo which have started submerging neighbouring homes and structures.

A spot check by the Nation at Lake Bogoria national reserve on Saturday revealed that water levels had increased to an extent of submerging tarmac roads leading to the reserve hence rendering many areas impassable.

06 Aug 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

05 Aug 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

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.

23 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Court ordered them to be repatriated to Ethiopia after payment of fine.

By Bruhan Makong

Thirty-five Ethiopian nationals have been charged with being in the country illegally.

The illegal immigrants, who were arrested on Friday at Buna trading centre, were presented at the Wajir Law Courts on Monday.

The immigrants told Wajir Resident Magistrate Mugendi Nyaga they were fleeing clashes between border communities on the border of Ethiopia's Oromia regional state and the country's southern region.

18 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Lamu County has achieved 106 per cent reach of children immunized against polio in the just-concluded first phase of the campaign targeting those below five years.

Before the five-day campaign started, the Lamu County Health department had announced that it was targeting at least 95 per cent success rate, which translates to about 21,217 children.