Drought Affected Areas
Over 10,000 people are estimated to be affected by dengue fever in Mandera, with six new cases in Nairobi and Wajir. The GoK and partners are aggressively working to control the outbreak through household-level surveillance and case management in Mandera, and surveillance and vector assessments underway in Isiolo, Eastleigh (Nairobi), Mandera, Wajir and Dadaab.
A malaria outbreak has occurred in Turkana, including the Kakuma Refugee Camp, and Pokot following weeks of flooding. In Kakuma Refugee Camp alone, the malaria caseload over the past six weeks since 01 September was 1,770 as compared to the entire 2011 caseload of only 2,052 cases. All health facilities in the drought-affected areas of Eastern, North Eastern and Rift Valley provinces are using prepositioned anti-malarial drugs supplied by the GoK and UNICEF.
The results of two nutrition surveys indicate that in Isiolo and Laikipia GAM and SAM levels are not significantly higher than those recorded a year ago. In addition, routine weekly surveillance data shows that SAM admissions for children under five are declining in some drought affected districts, including Mandera, Turkana and Marsabit with the peak in admissions occurring in July 2011.