Kenya

Wajir County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2014

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • The county drought situation is at alert stage on improving trend, following the complete onset of rains in all livelihood zones. However the amount recorded is lower than the average received at the same period duration last year.

  • Both quality and quantity of pastures and browse in all livelihood zones are improving as healthy regeneration of natural vegetation continued.

  • The body condition of all species in all the livelihood zones continued to improve.

  • Water access and availability in the county was enhanced following rainfall in different parts of the County.

  • The average household distances to water points reduced significantly and it is now normal. On average distances have reduced from4.2km in March to 2.13Km April.

  • Average distance from grazing areas to watering points also decreased drastically from 16.5 km recorded in February and early March to less than 9.2km in April. This is after rains filled water pans, natural ponds and other temporary water collection points in most parts of the county.

  • Top prevalent diseases in the county are; Other diseases of respiratory system, Diseases of the skin (incl. wounds), Pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Malaria (confirmed and clinical) both in persons over 5 years and children under 5 years of age. Diarrhea was among the top five diseases in children under 5 years of age. (DHIS, March 2014).

  • The proportion of children at risk, that is, children below 5years of age for MUAC <135mm decreased to 13.78% from 15.84% the previous month.

  • There were 270 new admissions of children into Outpatient Therapeutic (OTP) and 678 new admissions into Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP). (DHIS March 2014).

  • The county experienced minimal migration of pastoralists moving around in search of better regenerated pastures and water.

  • There were no conflict related incidences during the month under review.