Kenya

Updates on AMREF's Drought Response

AMREF continues to collaborate with development partners, corporates and the wider AMREF family (nongovernmental organisations and friends of AMREF) in fundraising both within and outside Kenya, in a bid to combat the drought situation in the country.

The move has seen implementation of various emergency drought response activities across the country namely in Samburu County, Wajir, Turkana, Kajiado, Magadi, Kitui, Makueni, Coast, Dagoretti, Kibera and Lamu. AMREF’s response to events in Kenya will continue to focus on strengthening the health system and to ensure that communities that have fallen outside the system are re-connected and have secure access the health care they need.

The long awaited rains have been realised in various parts of the country but the drought is still biting as it will take another three months before the crops are ready for harvest. In some parts, it is not all rosy because the rains raise fears of communicable diseases. In this light, AMREF, other development partners, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and other nongovernmental organisations are launching various campaigns on safe water use and hygiene while trying to bridge the demand for chlorine tablets used to treat water to make it safe for human consumption.

AMREF’s focus is on medium and long term solutions to address four thematic areas namely: contribute to improved nutritional status for mothers and children under five years, increased access and utilisation of health services, increased access to safe water and lastly, increased access to appropriate sanitation and hygiene practices.