- FEWS NET: Food Security Outlook Update August 2015
- Govt: Cholera Situation Report in Kenya as of 21st July 2015
- WFP Kenya | Brief Reporting period: 01 April – 30 June 2015
Appeals & Funding
In July 2014, the former Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, undertook an official visit to Kenya.
This study by IDMC aims to support the ongoing efforts of the institutions and civil society of Kenya in translating supranational standards into the national framework for IDP protection and in detecting areas where intervention is still needed to guarantee the alignment and implementation of the IDP normative instruments.
According to the World Health Organization, diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five. Contaminated water is often to blame. Chlorine dispensers installed next to communal water sources are cost-effective means of providing access to safe water treatment. But people have to use the dispensers to treat the water they’ve just drawn. There is limited evidence on what works in expanding the use of chlorine dispensers in cost-effective and sustainable ways.
GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement this week which comes as refugee and IDP figures have passed the 2.6 million mark, a marked increase on the number reported at the time of the fourth anniversary of the country's independence.
Daily arrival rates in Ethiopia remain high, with almost 200 new arrivals registered per day, while in other receiving countries, most notably Sudan, the rainy season has reduced the number of new arrivals in August compared to June and July.
The cholera outbreak in Kenya continues spreading fast. Since end of December 2014, a total of 20 counties out of 47 have been affected by cholera outbreak. The counties affected by cholera also include non-traditional cholera affected areas.
Cholera is spreading to areas where communities and staff awareness and preparedness is low. In addition, in counties of North-Eastern Kenya, the difficult security situation hinders access of health workers.
A total of 5 625 cases and 117 deaths have been so far reported nationally.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
High food prices and conflict in South Sudan and Yemen leading to continued Emergency
Food security will continue to deteriorate, seasonally, in the southeastern and coastal marginal agricultural areas through October, as the lean season reaches its peak. The majority of households remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2). After the start of the forecast above-average short rains in October, food security will improve. Many households are expected to move into None (IPC Phase 1) by December.
Agency Reports and Open Source Data
Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Rome, 26 August 2015 – Today, the Republic of Kenya and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement to finance the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme – Climate-Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL).
LATEST KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
As of June 31st 2015, 533 SGBV cases were reported as compared to 623 reported at the end of June 2014. The reported cases depicted a decrease in reported incidences by 14.4% affecting women (96.2%), men (3.7%) and children (8.6%), with majority cases being women and girls. 100% of survivors received psychosocial counselling.
Some spent two days on airplanes; others changed seasons, jumping from winter to summer in less than 24 hours.
Twenty-four healthcare and health-policy professionals from seven countries in Africa had come to Astana for a 10-day workshop on public health organized by UNDP and the Government of Kazakhstan.
Conducted by instructors from National Laboratory of Nazarbayev University Centre for Life Sciences, classes centered on epidemiology, biomedicine and public health.
Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp. It is also, according to Kenya, a hotbed of al-Shabaab activity, and a staging ground for terrorist attacks. As Kenya briefs the PSC on Dadaab’s future, it’s worth asking whether Dadaab itself is the problem, or merely a symptom of a deeper crisis.
People living in Al-Shabaab-prone areas of Milimani, Basuba, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe in Lamu East wants the government to intervene to ensure their children receive polio vaccination.
Over 400 children from the region could not receive the vaccination after the first round of the vaccination kicked off early August due to insecurity.