Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
On 11th February 2014 at the Dadaab Refugee Camp, a Level 5 Hospital was officially opened by AU Commissioner for Political Affairs H. E. Dr. Aisha Abdullah. In 2012, the Kenya Red Cross Society with funding from the African Union, the German Red Cross and Rotary International started the construction of the hospital in IFO 2 East which would serve as a referral hospital for all the five existing camps that currently serve close to 500,000 refugees.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) started its first phase of operations in the IFO 2 Dadaab Refugee Camp as a lead agency offering health services and camp management services from 27th October 2011. Initially, the KRCS set up temporary clinics with outreach services. In 2012, the Society with funding from the African Union, the German Red Cross and Rotary Germany started the construction of a Level 5 Hospital in IFO 2 East which would serve as a referral hospital for all the five existing camps that currently serve close to 500,000 refugees. This brings care much closer.
For the past few months, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Dadaab Operations started having monthly clean up campaigns in IFO 2 Dadaab Refugee Camp. This exercise is in a bid to improve the hygiene condition in the refugee camps.
The clean-up exercise is an initiative of the KRCS WASH team and activities included mobilizing the community to participate in the exercise. The October 2012 campaign was spearheaded by the KRCS and OXFAM and targeted both the IFO 2 East and West Camps.
When the Kenya Red Cross Society(KRCS) took over Camp Management of IFO 2 West Dadaab Refugee camp one year ago, most of the refugee community was sharing latrines between seven households.
The WASH team with support from donors constructed a total of 6,600 latrines to improve the sanitation conditions because most of the latrines were getting filled up very fast. The construction of the extra latrines and backfilling of the filled up latrines ensured that at least each household in IFO 2 West had its own latrine.
A nutrition survey is being carried out in all refugee camps in Dadaab beginning with IFO2 (East and West) which are being managed by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). The survey has been taking place from 19th September 2012. The UNHCRSENS (Standardised Expanded Nutrition Survey) is the method being used. This is a method that was developed to ensure that nutrition survey data is standardised for all refugee camps in the world and is based on the SMART methodology.
Three months down the line, Mrs Nurto Ali Isaack can now afford a smile and be assured that her baby will grow to be healthy and strong thanks to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Nutrition Team. Nurto remembers that day as if it were yesterday; she woke up at her usual time ready to start her day by preparing a meal for her family.
As from 1st August 2012, the Korean Red Cross Society has been distributing 373.9 metric tons of food supplements-Ujimix-to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in IFO 2 Camp and the donation will continue till 10th August 2012. The distribution aims at serving about 10,034 people with 189.4 metric tons of the supplements.
Nairobi, 6 th July. Last week, representatives from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), Red Cross/ Red Crescent Societies from the Horn of Africa and all over the world, met in Nairobi with the Secretary General from IGAD, the regional director of the African Development Bank and representatives from the donor community to agree on a way forward to build more resilient communities.
IFO 2 was opened in July 2011, to accommodate Somali refugees who escaped escalating violence in Somalia and drought. The three existing camps, IFO 1, Hagadera and Dagahley, could not accommodate more refugees as they were designed to accommodate 90,000 people in early1990’s though by July 2011, they were hosting more than 400,000. The Government of Kenya (GoK) was hesitant to allocate additional land for camps expansion, citing threat to national security, environmental degradation and unsustainable extraction of underground water resources.
On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. A refugee is one who has been forced to seek protection/ asylum from harm outside his own Country. Kenya currently hosts the largest refugee camp in the world i.e. the Dadaab Refugee Camp which hosts a total of about 700,000 refugees.
Nine months ago, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) started Operations in IFO 2 West Refugee Camp in Dadaab. IFO 2 is one of the 5 camps that make up the Dadaab Refugees Camp. The other four camps are Dagahaley, Hagadera, IFO 2 East and Kambioos. All the five camps host a total of about 460,000 refugees.
As part of the Dadaab Refugees Operation, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has set up a hospital and Health posts in IFO 2 West and East, currently targeting up to 110,000 refugees, host communities as well as staff and volunteers. To ensure efficiency and professionalism, the KRCS has deployed at least 48 competent members of staff to man the hospitals and Health posts. These include Medical Officers, Clinical Officers, Psychosocial counselors, Nutritionists and Nurses. There are also 2 paramedics and drivers from the KRCS owned Emergency Medical Services (E-Plus) ambulances.
As part of the objectives for the Dadaab Operation, KRCS will construct family latrines (at a ratio of 1 latrine for 3 families) in IFO2 West. Ultimately, over 3,300 latrines will be constructed for the camp population of 60,000 people.
Halima Adhan was a happy woman on the day of this interview as her four year-old son, Aftin Mohammed had recovered from oedema after being enrolled for five weeks into the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP).
Halima could not help but be grateful for the improvement she had seen in her son.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is currently managing two refugee camps in Dadaab. The Society had deployed a team of staff, volunteers, doctors, nurses and ambulance services in both IFO2 East and West Refugee camps in Dadaab. The camps are hosting refugees, mainly from Somalia, fleeing what they termed as an insecure environment and hunger, among other challenges.
There is an untold story about the Dadaab host communities; the communities that are hosting the refugees from Somalia, who have not yet been incorporated in the camp.
According to the Refugee camp officer, the refugees flock in at the rate of 1200 -1500 people each day. “Ironically, they are not war but environmental refugees,” he says.
According to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) field report of 11th March 2011, movement of refugees from Somalia into the Mandera town of Kenya has continued. The more than 15,000 refugees, mainly women and children, are now camping at the Garba Kole camp, nine kilometers from Mandera town.
According to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) field report of 11th March 2011, movement of refugees from Somalia into the Mandera town of Kenya has continued.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is registering refugees in Mandera town, ahead of distribution of humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict between Al-Shabaab militants and forces allied to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
Registration of Refugees
By 28th February 2011, at least 3,428 refugees had been registered by KRCS in Mandera town.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has embarked on registration of Somalia refugees in Mandera town.
Following heavy fighting between Al-Shabab militants and forces allied to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, along the Kenya-Somalia border, hundreds of refugees are scattered in Mandera town and its environs.
A ceasefire along the border, most part of Sunday 27th Feburary 2011, enabled the KRCS personnel to start registration of refugees that would facilitate distribution of relief aid.
At least 400 refugees had been registered by yesterday evening.
A huge surge of Somalis continue to stream into Kenya fearing a possible all-out escalation of war between warring factions in Somalia. The flow of refugees crossing the border had jumped from an average of 300 to 400 people a day to more than 1,000 over the past few weeks. Some of the refugees arrived Kenya from Somalia via the Liboi border post, some 184 km northeast of Garissa, while others arrived through Amuma. The refugees have gone through harsh and risky circumstances with little food and water before arriving at Dadaab. Some require medical attention.