Summary: CHF 299,869 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 April 2011 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 883,796 children aged 6 to 14 years for Measles immunization and Vitamin A supplements. This is in response to a measles outbreak reported in Rift Valley, North Eastern and Coast Provinces in Kenya.
This DREF operation funding was used to facilitate capacity building for effective social mobilization, community awareness creation as well as logistics of outreach sessions, including mobile outreach teams. The exercise deployed 16 District Focal Persons, 91 divisional coaches and 1,295 volunteers all of whom received adequate training.
Kenya Red Cross Society conducted several activities to create awareness. This included community education and mobilization on measles as well as vaccination of children in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS). Vaccination campaigns in response to measles outbreak were undertaken in North Eastern, Rift Valley and Coast provinces covering a total of 16 districts.
KRCS aimed to assist MoPHS reach 883,796 children with Measles Vaccine and Vitamin A Supplementation during the 3 months of the operation as follows:
• Turkana District: 167,886 children aged 6-59 months in Turkana North, Turkana Central and Turkana South,
• North-Eastern Province: 715,910 children aged 6 months to 14 years in Mandera Central, Mandera East, Mandera West, Garissa, Fafi, Ijara, Wajir North, Wajir East, Wajir West, Wajir South and Lagdera.