Localised flooding has been reported in Mandera and Wajir, resulting in overflowing latrines and polluted water sources. Localised flooding has also been reported in Tana Delta, with 126 households displaced in Bute, 102 in Buna, 23 in Assa, and 65 in Gurar. UNICEF has been coordinating with the local authorities and the Kenya Red Cross and determined that currently the local authorities and civil society actors have sufficient resources to respond to needs, while access and transport continue to remain obstacles. UNICEF will continue to monitor the situation in these areas closely as the rains continue.
The Cholera outbreak in Dadaab persists with Dagahaley Camp currently having 4 admissions in the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC). Between 24 to 30 November, 56 additional cases were line- listed, bringing to total current case-load to 361. This increase in the number of cases from last week is attributed to the heavy rains received in the last week. One out of four stool samples tested positive for cholera, with the positive sample coming from Dagahaley Camp. Currently, movement between the various camp sites in Dadaab is possible; hence, cholera response and monitoring of new cases has been enhanced.
Cholera Preparedness & Response training was conducted in Nairobi from 21 to 24 November 2011. Twenty-nine Government and NGO partners were trained, including 13 Government and 16 NGO partners from Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Ijara, Tana River and Somalia. The training was supposed to have taken place in Garissa; however, due to insecurity it was moved to Nairobi.
The Child-Friendly DRR training for boarding schools targeting head teachers and boarding masters was completed in Eldoret, Samburu, and Garissa on 26 November 2011 with 300 participants, including head teachers, boarding masters and District Quality Assurance and Standards Officers (DQASOs). The training covered leadership and coordination; environmental DRR in schools; safe and protective schools; special needs for education in DRR; and health and nutrition related issues. Head Teachers will continuously use action research alongside the DRR check-list to enhance preparedness and planning at school level.
Due to improved food security in drought-affected communities, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided not to keep schools open during the December holidays for the maintenance of school feeding programmes. Meanwhile, a UNICEF-supported assessment is planned at the beginning of 2012 to collect information on situational changes in the education sector due to security, floods and drought. This will allow the MoE and the Education Cluster to re-assess the needs and gaps in the education sector.