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Canada Helping Children in Remote Regions of Kenya Access Quality Education

Canada’s support to UNICEF will help provide more children with specialized teachers, safe schools, and more effective delivery of education in remote communities

August 21, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: ACT response to support survivors of conflict in Lamu County, Kenya

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ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 700,455

Balance Requested: US$ 696,383

Geneva, 20 August 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014

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Kenya ranked fourth in HIV infections

In Summary

  • The report proposes several measures including Voluntary Male Circumcision, Antiretroviral Therapy, sustained behaviour change and condom distribution in the war against HIV and other STIs.
  • A new report, ‘The National HIV and Aids Estimates’, launched Wednesday by Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says there are at least 100,000 new infections in Kenya annually.

By EUNICE KILONZO

By STELLA CHERONO

Kenya has the fourth highest number of Aids infections in the world.

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Kenya + 1 other
UNHCR Operational Update Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya 1-15 August 2014

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  • A ‘Go and See Visit’ to Kismayo, Somalia, took place from 4th to 8th August. The visit enabled 19 refugee representatives from the five Dadaab camps to inform themselves about the economic and socio-political realities in Kismayo. Upon their return, the refugee delegates shared their experiences with the camp residents through radio talk shows and meetings.

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Kenya: Civil Unrest appeal n°: MDRKE029 Operations Update n° 1

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Summary: On 15 June 2014, heavily armed gunmen attacked Mpeketoni; a small town located about 40km off the Indian Ocean coastline in Lamu County in Kenya. The gunmen attacked business premises, setting on fire commercial premises including banks, hotels, a restaurant, and a petrol station. The gunmen also set on fire motor vehicles, tractors and residential houses well. During the first attack 49 lives were lost, and follow up attacks occurred on 16 June 2014 in Mporomoko village, 18km from the Mpeketoni town which left 9 more persons dead.

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Homa Bay top in new HIV cases

In Summary

  • Wajir had the least number of new cases, with just one fresh one in a population of 200.
  • The report indicates that the number of the people on Anti-Retroviral therapy has significantly increased by over 500,000 since 2005

Over 105,500 new HIV infections were reported in the country last year, according to a survey that will be released on Wednesday.

Homa Bay had the highest new infections with 12,940 people, followed by Kisumu with 10,350. Siaya, Migori and Kisii each have 9,870, 6,790 and 4,890.

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A million face hunger, says Devolution CS Anne Waiguru

In Summary

  • Waiguru said the situation had become critical.
  • Agriculture CS Felix Koskei has insisted that the country had enough food in silos.

By MAZERA NDURYA

More than one million Kenyans face starvation in 23 counties due to prolonged drought.

An evaluation carried out between 21 July and August 1 on the 2014 long rains showed that 1.5 million people need food aid.

Last week, the government released Sh1 billion to help fight hunger.

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Children need anti-retroviral drugs most, says report

In Summary

  • Health ministry says children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment.
  • A report says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

Children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment, according to the Health ministry.

A report, to be released on Wednesday by the Aids control council, says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

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World + 10 others
Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Leaders want families facing landslide danger moved out of Nandi Escarpment

By TOM MATOKE

The National Government has been asked to resettle more than 3,000 families residing in landslide-prone areas on the Nandi Escarpment.

The families have asked to be relocated to avoid disaster, after seeing boulders tumbling downhill during heavy rains.

“Thousands of families in the Tindiret area live in fear because the area is prone to landslides and they have nowhere to go to.

"The government should allocate them alternative land for settlement,” said Mr John Tanui, a spokesperson for the families.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

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CARE

This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

At end-July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees, mostly from South Sudan, followed by Somalia and Eritrea. Kenya hosts 575,334 registered refugees.

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Kenya’s Own ‘Erin Brokovich’ Changes Lives of Girl Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Adam Bemma

MERU, Kenya, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - Surrounded by endless rows of green tea plants, Mary carefully picked a leaf and placed it into a basket next to her. It seemed like an ordinary day at work for the 13-year-old girl from Meru, in central Kenya. After work she escaped to the adjacent farm for privacy, but was instead attacked and raped by a middle aged man.

“My grandmother took me to the police to make a report, but they didn’t arrest him. I was told he bribed the police,” Mary* tells IPS as her 11-month-old baby girl sits on her lap.

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Famine stalks 400,000 as crops fail

In Summary

  • Baringo North MP William Cheptumo has warned of an acute food shortage next year following erratic rainfall this season, which he said has led to crop failure.
  • Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi acknowledged that the drought was worsening but said his government had set aside more than Sh100 million of the county’s 2014/2015 budget for disaster management.

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG

More than 400,000 people are in dire need of relief food in Baringo as the persistent drought takes its toll, a new survey has shown.

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We have enough food for everyone, says Agriculture CS Felix Koskei

In Summary

  • Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei says the counties identified as being famine-stricken had enough food reserves.
  • Mr Koskei said the ministry was looking for a permanent solution to food shortage.

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has downplayed fears that many parts of the country might suffer a severe food shortage.

The National Drought Management Authority and the Kenya Red Cross recently warned of a looming famine due to severe drought.