Fighting famine in East and Central Africa

Kenya

Millions of children, women and men face starvation and disease. Without urgent action, the crisis will continue to spiral out of control. Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers – who live in the communities under threat – are working to break this preventable cycle of drought, food shortage, disease and death.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are racing to help stop the crisis.

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KRCS cash transfer program (CTP) as part of the drought response, through mobile money with MPesa. Lokori,Turkana county, Kenya

A Kenya Red Cross Society programme in Northern Kenya is putting families in charge of their own recovery using cash transfer and mobile phones.

11 July 2017

The search and rescue operations may soon come to an end following the collapse of an eight storey residential building in Kware, Embakasi estate in Nairobi on Monday night killing two people. Before the collapse, residents noted cracks on some floors, leading to the quick evacuation of majority of the residents.

16 June 2017

Rural communities across Kenya are facing growing levels of food insecurity. The current crisis has already affected more than 3 million people in Kenya.

22 May 2017

Our three key priorities are to:

  • Reach remote and underserviced areas.
  • Respond through our volunteer network to help communities prevent and treat malnutrition and disease.
  • Build community resilience through programmes that restore dignity and strengthen food security and reduce need in the future.

Snapshot

Drought has swept across Kenya’s coastal and semi-arid regions in the north and north-east following two consecutive failed seasonal rains in 2016, doubling the number of food-insecure people to 2.7 million, especially in pastoral areas. Farmers have been unable to plant crops, and the value of livestock has dropped.

Malnutrition rates in some areas have reached crisis levels, especially among children under five and expectant mothers, putting them at further risk of disease.

An IFRC emergency appeal was revised in March 2017 to assist more than one million people with health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, and livelihood interventions.

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IFRC appeal

IFRC is supporting the Kenya Red Cross Society to work within affected communities and deliver life-saving support to populations that are not reached by other agencies and partners. Leveraging the permanent community presence of its more than 98,000 active volunteers, the Red Cross is providing community-based health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and food security support, mainly through cash transfers.

25,062,572 Swiss Francs

 for urgent humanitarian support

for 1,033,300 people over the next 12 months.

Our impact

Since the launch of the emergency appeal in November 2016, the Kenya Red Cross Society and IFRC have provided the following:

  • Livelihoods and food security support to nearly 300,000 people, including cash transfers to more than 13,000 households.
  • Reproductive health support services, epidemic prevention work, psychosocial programmes for over 42,500 people.
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene activities for nearly 100,000 people.
  • Seven boreholes have been rehabilitated.
  • 2,000 nutrition outreach sessions have been conducted.
  • Community engagement and accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure effective programming.

Date: 02/06/2017

Urgent actions

Food security and nutrition

Cash transfers, livestock restocking, and meat distribution.

Health

Community-level disease surveillance, integrated health and nutrition outreach, reproductive health, psychosocial support and safe spaces for children and families, essential supplies of epidemic preparedness materials.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Water treatment chemicals, storage containers and tanks, rehabilitation of water supplies, drilling of new boreholes, water trucking and desilting of water sources.

National capacity

Training for community-based psychosocial support, water management, hygiene promotion.

Community engagement

Health, gender based violence, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and awareness raising and promotion activities in schools and households.

Volunteering

98,000 active volunteers.

Key figures

2.7 million

People are food insecure – double the estimate of August 2016.

343,559

Children are acutely malnourished.

80 per cent

Of seasonal water sources have dried up.