Cholera, malnutrition stalk Kenya

MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A combination of adverse weather, turmoil in neighbouring countries and lack of funds has sparked an increased caseload
of acute malnourished children and fears of a cholera outbreak in Kenya.

The last reported case of cholera was in Tana River County in September but the ongoing dry season could result in an outbreak where access to
safe water is limited.

In Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, risk factors include continued cholera outbreaks in neighboring South Sudan and Somalia, and the upcoming rainy  season.

By end of September 2016, a total of 32 659 Somali refugees in Dadaab voluntarily returned to their home country (26 558 of these people retuned
to Somalia in 2016).

More than 68 percent of the returnees are children who require comprehensive child protection services.

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children’s appeal for Kenya is still 41 percent unfunded.

No humanitarian funding has been received in the third quarter of 2016.

– CAJ NEWS

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