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03 May 2018 description

Nairobi/Geneva, 3 May 2018 – More than a month of heavy rains are wreaking havoc in Kenya, triggering floods that have claimed an estimated 100 lives and displaced nearly 260,000 people.

Many of the communities affected were already struggling to recover from the 2017 drought.

03 May 2018 description

Highlights

  • Floods have displaced more than 244,400 people and reportedly killed 80.

  • The highest displaced populations are reported in Tana River, Turkana, Mandera and Kilifi counties.

  • The heavy rains and floods have compounded the ongoing cholera outbreak and chikungunya epidemic and are increasing the risks of a large scale outbreak.

  • Several parts of Western and Central Kenya are likely to experience above-normal rainfall during the month of May.

Situation Overview

27 Apr 2018 description
report Oxfam

According to FEWSNET, the ongoing La Niña is forecast to drive poor performance of the Gu rains over much of the Horn of Africa, especially in pastoral areas of Somali Region and Southern Oromia. International, regional, and national forecasts indicate below-average rainfall is likely between March and May 2018 in South Eastern Ethiopia, and Kenya following three poor rainy seasons.

25 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 15,042 cholera / AWD cases and 237 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.6%) have been reported in 10 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

23 Apr 2018 description

OVERVIEW

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 61 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Cholera in Congo
Cholera in Zimbabwe
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ANGELA OKETCH

In Summary

  • Community health worker Jessica Ajikon urged residents to use mobile toilets supplied by the county.

  • WaterAid, an intervention non-profit organisation, said millions of Kenyans still lack access to safe water.

Lack of toilets and poor hygiene in most restaurants in Turkana County have been blamed for increasing cases of cholera that have so far claimed three lives with 78 others hospitalised.

20 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

Friday 20 April 2018

Heavy rains and flash flooding in northern Kenya have destroyed homes, displaced thousands, and left tens of thousands at risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera—including in Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugee camps.

In Mandera county, at least 750 homes were swept away and an estimated 4,500 people have been displaced. In Turkana county, a bridge has been washed away, cutting off stranded communities from supplies and support.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By GAITANO PESSA

Four people have been hospitalised following cholera outbreak in Busia County.

County Health Executive Phaustine Barasa on Wednesday confirmed that two of the patients had been treated at Port Victoria Sub-County Hospital and discharged. She added that two more were treated at Rukala Health Centre in Bunyala sub-county.

“No deaths or new admissions have been reported, while those in the wards have stabilised,” said Mrs Barasa.

She added that active surveillance of the disease was on-going.

CONTAMINATED WATER

18 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

They said raw sewer and garbage from the nearby fish market had contaminated water in the stream.

Residents linked the outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting to contaminated water from a nearby stream.

A team of public health officers had been sent to the estate to investigate a possible cholera outbreak in the slum inhabited by more than 600 people.

By BENSON AMADALA

17 Apr 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Cholera in Zimbabwe

  • Lassa fever in Liberia

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia

  • Cholera in Uganda

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Niger

10 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • More than 13,118 cholera / AWD cases and 201 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.5%) have been reported in 10 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

09 Apr 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Lassa fever in Nigeria

  • Listeriosis in South Africa

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

09 Apr 2018 description
report Direct Relief

Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.

This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.

04 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Following security operations and political tensions, some 10,557 people from the Oromia region in Moyale, Ethiopia, have been displaced across the border to Moyale in Marsabit county, Kenya, since 10 March. More than 80% of the asylum seekers are women and children, including 600 pregnant women and 1,500 children under five. UNICEF is supporting response coordination and is providing WASH, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and NFIs support.

03 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

FOREWORD

The Horn of Africa has been grappling with the effects of consecutive failed rains across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia that led to 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at the start of 2017.

Children bore the brunt of the crisis as their families struggled to survive in a worsening situation that resulted in malnutrition, increased susceptibility to diseases, limited access to school and exposure to protection concerns as families would migrate in search of food and water.

02 Apr 2018 description

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 ongoing events, including:

30 Mar 2018 description
report Oxfam
  • With below average rains experienced across the region, some locations in the Horn of Africa are expected to continue to drive humanitarian needs for the next six months. A weak La Niña will likely persist into the second quarter of 2018, which is historically associated with below average rainfall.
    According to experts who spoke in the 48th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, La Niña could trigger severe hunger and lack of water for both humans and livestock, potentially increase conflict between communities over scarce resources and could increased migrations.

28 Mar 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Abdhalah Ziraba, Associate Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center

28 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ERIC MATARA

At least five cases of cholera have been reported in Naivasha town.

The patients from Kihoto, an informal settlement in the town, are undergoing treatment at Naivasha Sub-County hospital even as the county health department remains quiet on the matter.

A public health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, told the Nation that the patients were responding well to treatment.