Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 19, 31 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 19, 31 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response: Food Assistance Sector

Situation Overview

Kenya Red Cross(KRC), Government of Kenya(GoK), Office of the President/Special Programmes, and WFP are coordinating the single-food-pipeline and food assistance activities in Kenya, building on the existing food assistance coordination mechanisms in Kenya.

The latest statistics from KRC show 202,470 IDPs in 235 camps. KRC estimates 150,000 IDPs for the next four months; these are IDPs who will not be able to easily go home for different reasons.

The general security situation in the past week was calm. The highways were accessible and no post-election related violence was reported. However, tension continues in Trans Nzoia and Mt. Elgon districts following military operations aimed at flushing out Saboat Land Defence Force Militiamen. Tension also continues in West Pokot district due to the ongoing operation mounted by Police with a mission to check highway banditry and cattle rustling from the district.

The Security phase of Nakuru, Naivasha and south Rift Valley has been revised to Phase-I effective 28 March 08. Nyanza, Western, Eldoret and north Rift Valley provinces have been revised to Phase-II. Mt.Elgon remains at Phase-III. All other security phases remain unchanged.

Humanitarian Response

GoK, KRC, WFP, and partners jointly delivered 8,769mt of assorted food. Adequate WFP stocks are in place at four operational hubs (Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi), in addition to GoK and KRC stocks, to respond to identified needs. In March GoK/Office of the President had provided 15,000 bags of maize, equivalent to 1350mt, for the post-election humanitarian response. Continue reading

Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

By Aretha Fouch Price

After a disputed presidential election in Kenya in December caused riots and a national emergency, Rotary clubs in Nairobi, along with clubs in Sweden and the United States, increased their support for projects that help orphaned children.

The Rotary Club of Stockholm International has contributed more than US$5,500 to the Phyllis Wambui Memorial Children’s Home and School near Nakuru, Kenya. Since December, the number of orphaned children there has increased threefold.

“Some of the children are coming to the home on their own looking for somewhere to escape the violence,” says Jacinta Njoroge-Iahti, founder of the facility, which she named for her mother. “We also found children … on the roadside not knowing where to go. And some of the children are being brought to the home and school by guides or children’s departments in Kenya.” An expatriate now living in Sweden, Njoroge-Iahti regularly returns to her native country. Continue reading

Cholera kills 39 in western Kenya

Cholera kills 39 in western Kenya amid fresh fears: officials

NAIROBI, March 30, 2008 (AFP) – Cholera killed at least 39 people in western Kenya in recent weeks and medical services feared a fresh outbreak, a senior health official said Sunday.

Official figures showed there had been 468 reported Cholera cases, of which 123 tested positive, including the 39 fatalities in the region’s 21 districts, said Nyanza provincial medical chief Jackson Kioko.

The cases had since dropped, but authorities were still vigilante because the current rains had worsened sanitation in the region, he told a local televison station.

But officials fear that recent flash floods that swept away several pit latrines would touch off a new outbreak in the area notoriously susceptible to the water-borne ailments.

And health experts have warned that possible disease outbreak in camps housing hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence spurred by the disputed December 27 presidential elections.

Cholera is a waterborne disease which causes serious diarrhoea and vomiting and can be fatal if not treated within 24 hours. It can be prevented by washing hands before handling food and avoiding contaminated drinking water.


CAFOD – Healing emotional scars of war

Healing emotional scars of war

CAFOD is helping people to overcome their traumatic experiences through counselling and play therapy following the election violence in Kenya

“It was late at night when gangs came and told us to get out” recalls fourteen-year-old Grace, sitting quietly outside the shelter she now calls home in a temporary camp in Nairobi.

“I was asleep and I heard the knock of strangers on the door. We were so scared.

“My mum told us to get out without taking anything and not to look back. On the street there was lots of screaming. People were running and some had been beaten”.

“We arrived here not knowing where we were going. I didn’t sleep that night.

“When the morning came, it was so full of people. Some were crying. Two days later they came with clothes and food.”

More than 1,500 people have died as a result of the disputed elections, and an estimated 600,000 have fled their homes.

Losing everything

CAFOD is supporting local organisation Mama na Dada Africa, who are providing counselling for women and play therapy for children traumatised by their experiences. Continue reading

WHO – Health Action in Crises – Highlights No. 201 – 24 to 30 Mar 2008

Health Action in Crises – Highlights No. 201 – 24 to 30 Mar 2008

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.


Assessments and Events

– Humanitarian needs are expected to continue during the upcoming period of return and re-integration of the IDPs.

– An estimated 300 000 IDPS are still in camps and twice as many are residing in host communities. Camps are congested and the quality of water, shelter and sanitation has fallen below international standards.

– The return of a number of IDPs to their provinces of origin will increase the pressure on infrastructures, even in areas unaffected by the violence, and stretch further humanitarian operations.

– The already fragile health care system was seriously weakened by the crisis and is only partially functioning. Many health facilities remain closed. Many displaced health workers have not and may not return to their posts. Patients suffering from chronic diseases have lost access to treatment.

– In the North Eastern province, the cholera outbreak in Mandera district continues, with 323 cases and 11 deaths reported as of 13 March.

– As of the same date, 204 cases of cholera and 16 deaths had also been reported in Nyanza province.

– Improving coordination and information management, identifying and filling gaps, reinforcing disease surveillance and providing psychosocial support remain crucial. Other key interventions include access to primary health care and curative and referral care services for IDP and host communities.

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AU Fact Finding Mission in Kenya

AU Fact Finding Mission in Kenya

An African Union (AU) team visited Kenya to undertake a fact-finding Mission on the prevailing humanitarian situation following the Post-Election crisis. The delegation was composed of H.E Mr. James Kalilangwe (Ambassador of Malawi to Ethiopia), Amb. Idule – Amoko (Ambassador of Uganda to Ethiopia), Ms. Macrine Mayanja (Senior Political Officer – AU) and Justine Likharu (Malawi Embassy, Addis Ababa). They were accompanied by Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The team had earlier called on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Thuita Mwangi to brief him on their Mission. They also called on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Special Programmes, Mrs. Rachael Arunga whom informed them that the Government had already set in motion the Re-settlement and Re-building Programme by forming a Committee to oversee its operations. She revealed that priority would be given to the re-building of homes and schools in the hardest hit areas, noting that the Government hopes to raise Sh31 billion towards this end. Continue reading