Kenya: Facilitating a relief assessment in Nairobi

In December 2007, FOCUS assisted in a humanitarian needs assessment in Kenya. The assessment was conducted as a result of the effects of conflict following controversy during the national elections. During the crisis, over 1,000 people died and 300,000 were displaced. A collaborative effort by Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya Red Cross Society and the Kenyan Ministry of Health, resulted in the provision of healthcare through an emergency measles vaccination programme.

This extended programme was aimed at the significantly high numbers of children in the central camp at the Jamhuri showground on the outskirts of Nairobi, which housed 6,000 internally displaced persons in total. For a period of about three weeks towards the end of January, Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) sent teachers to a displaced persons camp in Limuru to provide educational and recreational activities for children.

As part of this effort, AKES also donated food, exercise books as well as textbooks during the intervention. In addition, children and staff at AKES schools raised Kshs 1.27 million ($20,000) for donation to the Kenya Red Cross and UNICEF for their ongoing programmes to assist internally displaced persons.