Results of the recently concluded Long rains food and nutrition security assessment (LRA) indicates that approximately 3.4 million people are acutely food insecure due to the ongoing drought; an increase from 2.6 million in February 2017. The drought condition is likely to deteriorate further as the country enters into the lean season.
A total of 46,238 (56% of the annual target) severely malnourished children have now been reached, however admissions are falling significantly due to the ongoing nurses’ strike
A total of 1,572 children (912 girls, 660 boys) in five drought-affected counties received child protection services including family tracing and reunification as well as psychosocial support in the reporting period.
During the reporting period, 2,659 people (1,266 male and 1,393 female) in Wajir County gained permanent access to water through repair of boreholes.
The Kenya 2017 elections were generally peaceful, not leading to immediate humanitarian needs.
The Kenya 2017 HAC appeal has a funding gap of 37 per cent and without additional funding, UNICEF will be unable to optimally support the national drought emergency response, and mitigate the risks of a worsening situation for children.
Situation in Numbers
3.4 million People are food insecure (2017 Long Rains Assessment, August 2017)
3.5 million People are in urgent need of safe drinking water (Ministry of Water and Irrigation, June 2017)
1.6 million Children are food insecure (2017 Long Rains Assessment, June 2017)
104,614 Children under 5 in need of SAM treatment
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
Results of the recently concluded Long Rains food and nutrition security assessment (LRA) shows that approximately 3.4 million people are acutely food insecure due to the ongoing drought, an increase from 2.6 million in February 2017. Of this total of 3.4 million, 2.6 million are classified as experiencing Crisis and above (IPC Phase 3) outcomes, and 0.8 million are classified as being (IPC Phase 2) outcomes, with the likelihood of deteriorating into Crisis (IPC Phase 3). The impact of the drought condition is likely to deteriorate further as the country enters into the lean season.
The Kenya 2017 elections were relatively peaceful and did not lead to immediate humanitarian needs. Still, as of 14th August, election-related skirmishes were reported to having resulted in more than 100 casualties (reported by KRCS) across Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera, Mombasa, Meru, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Busia, with Nairobi reporting the highest number of casualties.
Cholera cases continues to be reported. Out of the 47 counties in Kenya, 16 counties have been affected by Cholera in 2017, of which nine counties currently have an active outbreak – Nairobi, Garissa, Kajiado, Nakuru, Machakos, Kisumu, Siaya, Turkana and Homa bay. In the week of 7th August, 10 new cases were reported across the country, of which five were in Kakuma, three in Siaya, one in Nairobi and one in Dadaab. However, reporting during the week may have been affected by the elections, as security operations limited access to CTCs by the affected populations. There is also concern of a possible spike in cholera due to the ongoing rains in the non-arid area of Kenya. A cumulative total of 2,210 cases have been reported with 32 deaths (Case Fatality Rate of 1.4%). Majority of cases are reported in Nairobi County, with a cumulative total of 1,116 cases and 31 deaths reported by 13th August. The rapid spread of Cholera is being attributed to unsafe water sources, poor food handling in hotel establishments and poor case management.