Human Development Index
146 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2020: 623,651
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs
In Kenya, arid and semi-arid areas face immense challenges, including drought, hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Across the country, 26.6% of children under five are stunted and 4.2% are wasted. Approximately 60% of the population has clean water access nearby, and 54.6% have access to latrines. The country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic shifted funding away from malnutrition treatment towards infection mitigation and control measures, increasing food insecurity.
In 2020, our teams responded to food shortages and supported nutrition treatment for 100,431 people, including 69,744 children. In accordance with COVID-19 policies, we supported and promoted at-home self-screenings for malnutrition and provided 156,370 people with health services. We also led the Maternity Open Day initiative to increase the demand for skilled birth attendance.
Additionally, we helped improve access to clean water, safe sanitation, and good hygiene for 155,861 people by distributing 106,544 non-food items and supporting community-led rehabilitation of 24 water points with climate-sensitive upgrades and 268 latrines using local, environmentally friendly materials. Our teams also supported mass vaccinations of livestock to secure high prices, and distributed cash to eight mother-to-mother support groups to cushion households from immediate income shocks and prevent deterioration of their nutritional status.
Our COVID-19 program adaptations ensured staff safety, and our new mitigation activities supported handwashing stations, trained and sensitized health workers, and spread prevention measures through radio and roadshows. Our advocacy efforts focused on the continuous uptake of health services, promotion of proper nutrition to prevent hunger boost immunity, and the development of policy guidelines on safe and healthy child-feeding practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.