UNICEF Kenya Humanitarian Situation Report, 4 August 2017
The preliminary results of the Long Rains Assessment (LRA) released by the Government of Kenya on 28 July reported that 3.4 million people are food insecure and in need of assistance. This is the highest number of people reported to be in crisis since the same time in 2011, when the number in need was estimated to be 3.7 million.
Thirteen of the seventeen nutrition surveys undertaken during the Long Rains Assessment recorded Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) above 15%, with four of these above 30%. There are now nine counties in the country reporting over 15% GAM compared to five in February 2017.
Between 1 January and 30 June this year, 41,233 SAM and 79,097 MAM children under 5 years of age received treatment accounting for 52% and 41% of the sectors’ 2017 targets respectively.
The ongoing nurses’ strike has continued to impact the health and nutrition sector which is coupled by a national cholera outbreak that is currently active in 8 counties.
Five water points were rehabilitated in Marsabit County with UNICEF support over the past two weeks, reaching 5,740 people with safe water.
UNICEF Kenya’s humanitarian requirements for 2017 remain underfunded with a funding gap of 44 per cent. Without additional funding, UNICEF will be unable to mitigate risks of a worsening drought situation for children.