World Vision Kenya
publication • Wednesday, January 24th 2018

Responding to Kenya's Hunger Crisis - Situation Report 14

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World Vision is continuing to respond to Kenya's hunger crisis that is affecting 3.4 million people. We are drawing attention to:

  • Improving conditions: The vegetation condition, water availability and access to water improved in most ASAL counties in Kenya. Food production indicators in a number of counties have almost returned to normal. Water sources are within seasonal norms and distances to water points for both households and livestock are close to seasonal norms. Milk production and livestock prices are also improving. However, full recovery from the effects of the previous drought have not yet been fully realized. Several counties are still experiencing dry weather conditions, particularly, Isiolo, Garissa, Kajiado and Tana River which are classified in the alarm phase.

  • Acute malnutrition: Recent National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) surveillance data using Mid Upper Arm Circumference shows Kajiado, Isiolo, Garissa and Tana River requiring close monitoring.

  • Water shortages in some areas: Water sources across many counties have improved compared to the previous month. Many open water sources are being replenished and return distances from households to water sources have reduced significantly. However, Isiolo, Kajiado and Tana River continue to experience severe water shortage, where most shallow wells and water pans remain dry.

  • Other food security challenges: Generally, no major insecurity incidences were reported, except intermittent resource-based conflicts between pastoralists. A few cases of flooding were reported in Marsabit, Meru and Narok affecting access to markets and services and damaged infrastructure and property.

  • Disease outbreaks: According to the latest Ministry of Health (MoH) disease outbreak situation report, seven counties (Nairobi, Garissa, Embu, Kirinyaga, Mombasa, Turkana and Wajir) have ongoing cholera outbreaks. Since January, 2017, 3,967 cholera cases have been reported with 76 deaths 

World Vision continues to respond. We are providing lifesaving assistance, along with early recovery support, to drought affected communities. In 2017, we provided: 

  • 300,000 with food security and livelihood support
  • 137,000 with nutrition assistance
  • 57,000 with clean water, sanitation and hygiene
  • 21,000 with education and child protection assistance
  • 200 young people participated in peace building activities
  • 2,400 with essential non-food items