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Kenya: Population Movement Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRKE018

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Appeal target (current): CHF 10,439,107

Appeal coverage: 45% against previous budget

Appeal history:

• A preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 19 October 2011 for CHF 27,618,017 (plus an estimated CHF 3,050,000 for emergency response units) to assist 60,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 500,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society set up the operations in Dadaab.

• An Emergency Appeal was launched on 29 November 2011 for CHF 26,154,197 for 12 months to assist 76,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

• Partner National Societies (PNS) have provided specific support by their Emergency Response Unit (ERUs) through the provision of human resources, training and equipment totalling to CHF 700,000. This includes Information Technology (IT) and Telecom (CHF 50,000), Health care (CHF 250,000), Base Camp (CHF 325,000) and Logistics (CHF 75,000). Including ERU support, the total value under the appeal amounts to CHF 26,854,197.

Summary: The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) took over the newly established IFO 2 refugee camp at the peak of a humanitarian crisis that followed displacement of populations from Somalia due to escalating violence and the effects of Drought that affected the Horn of Africa during the first half of 2011. The Humanitarian Crisis was evidenced by crude and under five (5) mortality rates that were higher than the emergency thresholds, and a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) more than twice the emergency threshold.

The humanitarian space was rapidly shrinking as a result of the increase in security related incidents, which forced UNHCR to halt Non Life Saving activities in the camps. Life saving activities included Health and Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Food Distribution.

With support from IFRC, PNS and other partners, KRCS has been able to respond to the needs of the refugees and host communities in the areas of emergency response, water and sanitation and health interventions.