- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook - January to June 2015
- UNHCR Operational Update Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya 16 - 31 January 2015
- UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015: Kenya
Appeals & Funding
“The volatile security environment is a direct illustration of the parties’ continued lack of political will,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council on 24 February.
Appeal Target: US$ 993,006
Balance Requested: US$ 991,075
Geneva, 25 February 2015
Since more than 12 months hostilities have affected the South Sudanese population, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar. On the evening of the 15th December 2013 violence erupted in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. This violence has since prevailed.
Regional mixed migration summary for January 2015 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, and refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees, asylum seekers or trafficked persons, it will be clearly stated.
RMMS presents an end of year trend summary and analysis for 2014 with a focus on the Horn of Africa and Yemen region and neighbouring areas and routes taken out of the region. For ease of reading this presentation uses few statistics but provides a generic overview of prominent trends. Statistical details can be found in RMMS literature produced during the course of 2014 (Regional Mixed Migration Monthly Summaries / Quarterly reports etc.).
The 2015 Food Security Assessment Report lists Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo counties as the worst affected by hunger, and they have been classified as “alarm drought status.”
Earlier, Ms Waiguru opened an Asal stakeholders’ forum at Kenyatta University to discuss, among other things, the transformation of Asal’s into food secure regions.
The report warns that the situation in the worst affected counties is likely to deteriorate into emergency status if nothing is done to alleviate the situation
I. Executive Summary
by fred pearce
Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success.
In 2012 two thirds of births in Kenya’s Makueni county were delivered without skilled supervision. In a recent study published by the BMC journal, Amref Health Africa’s Anne Gitimu and her team explore the role of education in increasing access to antenatal care and support.
Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Here, one in 39 women will die as a result of childbirth or pregnancy, compared to one in 4,600 in the UK. It’s a dark contrast that shows us just how many of these deaths could be prevented.
- Mr Macharia said the new Kemri Culture Media Manufacturing Centre was expected to solve some problems often faced by doctors and researchers, which include importing culture samples with short life span.
By NATION REPORTER
Kenya is now home to a centre for diagnosing infectious diseases in East and Central Africa.
The centre is based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and was commissioned yesterday by Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia (below).
- The agricultural policy is about issues that affect stakeholders along the value chain of crops, livestock, and fisheries, said Mr Koskei.
By NATION REPORTER
An agriculture meeting is taking place to work on a policy that if implemented will see at least 30 per cent of the annual food requirement kept as a reserve for emergencies.
This comes a day after the government said over 1.6 million people are chronically hungry.
- Red Cross official John Roche said the six Kisii County cases were reported around Nyabigege, Tabaka and Riosiri Markets.
- For the past two weeks, the disease has devastated parts of Homa Bay and Migori counties.
- Public Health Officer Mellitus Kabar said his office would ensure all hotels and kiosks comply with health standards set by the county and national governments.
By ANGELA OKETCH
By JOHN SHILITSA
- People who have the disease are reluctant to take Azithromax tablets for adults and a syrup for children.
- Health officials in the region are now faced with the uphill task of convincing them otherwise.
- Dr David Lekuye, an eye specialist said the health benefits of the vaccine outweigh the side effects experienced by some people.
- Trans Mara District Hospital boss Timothy Lumarai said they are targeting at least 218,000 people.
By RUTH MBULA
Snapshot 18-24 February 2015
Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.
Description of the disaster
Following the cholera alert that was reported by the Director of Medical Services on 3rd February 2015, a Cholera outbreak was declared on Tuesday 10th February 2015 in Migori and Homa Bay Counties. 8 cases had been reported on 9th February from Nairobi County, out of which one was confirmed dead as a result of Cholera. The cases were handled in the nearest county and sub-county health facilities.
As at 19 February 2015, Kakuma had received 45,201 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 15 February, 180,138 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.7% of the registered population.