The food security and nutrition situation in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since March 2017, due to late onset and below-average March-May long rains, high staple food prices and the Fall Army Worm infestation.
The borders, Nadapal with South Sudan remained open and the Immigration authorities have allowed South Sudanese applicants to enter. With the steady flow, 12476 new arrivals were registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement from January until the end of 30 June. The South Sudanese population represents the largest group in Kakuma including Kalobeyei.
Using information and communication technologies to extend healthcare to poor and marginalized populations in Kenya seems an obvious choice. Kenya’s remote rural regions suffer from a dire shortage of health workers and health facilities, yet more than 90% of the country is covered by mobile services.
Although this strong mobile penetration has led to a boom in eHealth projects, research carried out by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme reveals that it has not made healthcare more accessible across the country.
Off-season rainfall in July and August, particularly in parts of the northern Rift Valley and coast, has reduced distances to water and improved livestock body condition, with positive consequences for milk production, livestock prices, and food consumption. Elsewhere, however, drought stress is deepening as the dry season reaches its height. The prices of basic foodstuffs, though generally falling, are still unusually high. As expected, the long rains harvest was poor, and therefore unlikely to have any significant impact on households’ access to food.
Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute
University of Nairobi
Professor of Immunology and Director of Research, Moi University
At least 30 people have died of malaria in Kenya's Marsabit and Baringo counties in the past week.
Seventeen of them — mostly adults below 40 years and children — were from four wards, Dukana, North Horr, Illeret and Loiyangalani, in the northern Marsabit county, while 13 were from Tiaty in Baringo in the Rift Valley.
In Baringo, four more people died at the Chemolingot sub-county hospital in Tiaty constituency Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the disease to 13 in the past week.
Since December 2014 to date, Kenya has experienced cholera outbreaks across 31 Counties with 17,942 total number of cases reported and 269 deaths giving a case fatality rate of 1.5%. In 2017, 18 counties have been affected by cholera, a total of 2,996 cases with 55 deaths (CFR 1.8%). Six Counties have active outbreaks; Nairobi ,Nakuru,
Kajiado, Machakos, Garisssa and Vihiga.
From 1 January to 31 August 2017, a total of 54,000 severely malnourished children (68.4% of annual target) and 102,218 moderately malnourished children (52.5% of annual target) have been admitted for treatment.
UNICEF has received USD 3.75 Million from USAID/Food for Peace to support the treatment of severely malnourished children in the reporting period.
WHO to support the country’s milestone effort to roll out the malaria vaccine in routine immunization
Planning for the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP) in Kenya is on track with roll out of the vaccine scheduled to begin in 2018. Kenya is one of three African countries selected by the World Health Organization to participate in the first implementation of the vaccine that has been shown to reduce 4 out of 10 cases of malaria, and prevent severe malaria by more than 30% in the age group recommended to receive the vaccine.
Adolescent girls in Kenya face a number of risks and vulnerabilities that can affect their health, education status, and general well-being. The Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya (AGI-K) is currently delivering multi-sectoral interventions, targeting violence prevention, education, health, and wealth creation to adolescent girls aged 11 to 15 in two marginalized areas of Kenya.
NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will cut food rations by 30 percent for the 420,000 refugees in living in Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northern Kenya due to insufficient funding.
“We are facing a critical shortage of resources which has compelled us to reduce the amount of food given to the refugees only six months after we resumed full rations,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Annalisa Conte. “WFP urgently needs US$28.5 million to adequately cover the food assistance needs for the refugees for the next six months.”
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The DREF allocation focused on the National Society’s preparedness to violent events related to the Kenya general elections. This included training of first responders, (staff and volunteers), as well as procurement of essential relief items. Good progress was made, as all trainings were conducted and procurement of relief supplies initiated.
The first camp in Dadaab was established in 1991. There are 4 camps in Dadaab: Hagadera,
Dagahaley, Ifo and Ifo.
Since December 2014, Somali refugees who decide to voluntarily return to their home country, receive UNHCR support in Kenya and Somalia.
A total of 4,949 non-Somalis refugees were relocated to Kakuma. The relocation is currently suspended due to the limited absorption capacity and services in Kalobeyei.
From January 2017, a total of 50,547 children (64% of annual target) and 94,851 children (48% of annual target) have been admitted for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition respectively.
During the reporting period, 31,857 people in Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera Counties gained permanent access to water through repair of boreholes. A further 81,634 gained temporary access to safe water through household water treatment.
In parts of north malnutrition rates are more than double the emergency threshold
GENEVA, NAIROBI, 15 September 2017 – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across the country below the threshold of acute malnutrition.
Long rains assessment has found that 3.4 million people are acutely food insecure, up from 2.6 million in February.
WFP reached 93,500 women and children through the treatment and prevention programmes.
WFP supported the State Department for Special Programmes to register and disburse cash to 526,000 drought-affected people.
The Ministry of Education has finalised the national school meals sustainability road map for an accelerated handover from WFP.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Rainfall was received countywide during the month under review with a temporal distribution of 14-16 days. The cumulative rainfall for the 6-month period (March-August) for Nasukuta rainfall station amounts to 90% of the normal for the same period.
Vegetation condition improved significantly as evidenced by the shift in VCI-3month for the county from 37 in July to 45 in August. All Sub Counties exhibited normal vegetation greenness.
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification