Situation Report UNICEF Kenya # 5, 17 August 2011

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 17 Aug 2011

Reporting period: 10-16 August 2011 (weekly report)

Highlights · In the drought-affected areas,

· Weekly surveillance reports indicate a deteriorating situation in Turkana, Wajir, Moyale, Mandera,
Marsabit and Kajiado districts.

· Heavy rains have been experienced in northwestern Kenya with several cases of flash flooding in Kisumu East, Nyando, and Turkana districts reported. Around Kakuma, an estimated 60,000 people experienced flooding for a 48-hour period with water sources, latrines and homes damaged. Advance water treatment supplies were provided by UNICEF the day after the flooding with additional quantities dispatched this week.

· The major health challenge in drought affected areas of Turkana is measles; while areas in northwestern Kenya receiving heavy rainfall are likely to report outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea and possibly cholera.

· The Kakuma Refugee Camp Hospital reported 26 suspected and 3 confirmed measles cases in the host community. UNICEF has agreed to supply 150,000 doses of measles vaccine to be sent 18 August 2011.

· In response to the cholera and dengue fever alerts issued by the MoH this week in Northeastern Province, UNICEF provided funding for surveillance, outreach and supervisory activities totalling USD $57,333. Additionally, UNICEF will shortly dispatch 15 health kits to Northeastern Province, Turkana County and Upper Eastern Province.

· In the Dadaab camps,

· 30 new suspected cases of measles were admitted into the 3 Dadaab hospitals. The majority of the cases are in the older age group of 15 and above. The situation is being carefully monitored since WHO has confirmed an outbreak of cholera in Somalia that is fast-spreading.

· New severe malnutrition admissions to the three Dadaab hospitals have increased this week and now stands at 677. Moderate malnutrition admissions have remained the same as last week at 550.

· UNICEF has provided 2000 cartons of RUTF to UNHCR to reach the current caseload of 5,561 children and two additional tents to be used for treatment of severe cases of malnutrition.

· Measles vaccinations for newly arriving refugees aged 6 months to 29 years in all three camps continued with UNICEF providing 324,000 doses of measles vaccine. The vaccine is estimated to be adequate for the total target population of 48,600 newly arriving refugee children and young people for a period of one month. 1,200 refugees have been vaccinated per day since last week when the campaign started.

· The overall population in the three camps at Dadaab as of 17 th August, 2011 stands at 409,240 persons.

· Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, called for a strengthened regional response to combat drought impacts and a focus on host communities, during her mission to Kenya and Somalia from 11-13 August.