Human Development Index
146 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2019: 2,020,648
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, 4.2% of children are acutely malnourished and 26.2% are chronically malnourished.
From January to September 2019, drought increased food and nutrition insecurity, reduced water access, and increased child morbidity. In October, deadly floods and mudslides affected thousands of people, disrupting health services, economic activities, and livelihoods. Desert locusts entered Kenya in December and quickly spread, posing a significant threat. These emergencies adversely impacted pasture and water availability, crop cultivation, livestock reproduction, agriculture, livelihoods, and food prices.
Action Against Hunger has been operational in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya for more than 15 years implementing health and nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene, food security, and livelihoods programs in Makueni, Mwingi Mandera, Tana River, and Garissa Counties, including refugee programs in Dadaab Refugee Camps, West Pokot, Isiolo, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, and Busia Counties. Our teams work to address the drivers of malnutrition, including poor care and feeding practices for young children.
Working at community, county, and national levels, we strengthen existing systems, and increases access to lifesaving malnutrition treatment. Action Against Hunger is in the process of undertaking a study on Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) intended to help fill the gaps in healthcare access with trained community caregivers who can treat common ailments, serve as an access point into the existing healthcare system, and provide continuity of care to underserved areas especially for the malnourished children and mothers.
In 2019, Action Against Hunger launched an early drought response to support livelihoods. After the floods hit, we provided health services, including screening and treatment of malnutrition, distribution of hygiene kits, basic goods, and home water treatments, and restoration of critical water infrastructure.
Our nutrition teams reached 1,226,213 people through emergency response and programs to strengthen health system capacity, teach caregivers to detect malnutrition, and improve care and feeding practices. Our health programs benefited 705,350 people, helping to improve maternal and child health in communities and at health facilities.
We supported 4,677 herders by helping keep livestock healthy through vaccinations and deworming. Our teams also trained animal health experts and assistants to build early warning and response capacity and to protect livelihoods. Our water, sanitation, and hygiene programs supported 48,677 people through distribution of hygiene kits, water treatment tablets, and home water treatment tools.