Catholic Relief Services – Clean camps improve health in Kenya

Clean camps improve health in Kenya


CRS continues to respond to the post-election crisis in Kenya. Recently, staff from CRS and the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret trained 18 volunteers to serve as hygiene promoters in camps in the Eldoret area of western Kenya. One volunteer, Milka Nyambura Kariuki, lives with 2,000 other displaced people in the Burnt Forest camp. Here she shares how she is working with other volunteers to teach residents about improving camp sanitation and personal hygiene:

Volunteer hygiene promoter Milka Nyambura Kariuki is helping her fellow residents improve sanitation in the camp they are living in after being displaced by the post-election violence in Kenya. Photo by Gilbert Namwonja/CRS Continue reading

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Cholera in Nyanza: Kenya Red Cross intervenes

Cholera in Nyanza: Kenya Red Cross intervenes


Nairobi, 29th April 2008 – Nyanza region has had cholera outbreaks since last year where the first case was confirmed in Suba on 2nd December 2007. The outbreaks have been reported in 10 districts. The affected districts are Nyando, Homabay, Suba, Migori, Rongo, Bondo, Kisumu East and West, South Kisii and Bunyala Districts.

The Ministry of Health has been working with partners in the region to curb the spread of and control cholera in the region. Partners working closely with the MOH in cholera interventions are the Kenya Red Cross, Care Kenya, UNICEF, World Vision and MSF, among others.

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KENYA: Floods hit thousands, including IDP camps

KENYA: Floods hit thousands, including IDP camps

NAIROBI, 2 April 2008 (IRIN) – At least 6,000 people have been affected by flooding following heavy rains in the southern coastal district of Taveta, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said.

“Three primary schools have also been closed temporarily after being submerged,” Anthony Mwangi, the KRCS Public Relations Manager said on 1 April. “The water levels in some areas are up to chest level.”

Groups of people have been marooned, with transport services also affected, he said. 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.

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GOK Crisis Coordination Teams

Overall Coordination:
National Disaster Operation Centre
Nyayo House 3rd Floor – North Wing
Director: Col Wesonga
Tel: +254 20 2212386
+254 20 2211445
Mobile: +254 711 860588

Other Sectoral Focal Points
Kenya Red Cross Society:
Abbas Gullet
Tel: 603593, 3950000, 600669
Mob: 0722206958/ 0733333040.

Health and Nutrition:
Ministry of Health: Mrs. Rosemary Ngaruro,
Tel: 0722469522, 0723143241
UNICEF, Noreen 072063121,
Ruth Situma 0727534692.

Education:
Ministry of Education
Mr Karaba: 0733856471, 222543.
Mr Abdi Habat: 0722931854

UNICEF
Aminata Maitha: 0722205338
Elias Noor: 0722600224.

Water and Sanitation
Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Eng. Fred Mwango: 2720473, 0734729440.
Kepha Ombacho: 2715677, 0721264965
Eliud Wamwangi: 0722830220.
UNICEF,Eng. Donde: 0722528354.

Food Aid
Office of the President
Ibrahim Maalim: 0722749604, 0723830071
Philip Tarus: 0722 259836.
World Food Programme
Simon Cammelbeck: 0735333313.