People Helped in 2018: 410,885
Now a middle-income country, Kenya has experienced uneven growth. Regions with moderately and severely dry climates face immense challenges, including drought, hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Last year, acute malnutrition reached critical levels in Samburu, and serious levels in West Pokot, Tana River, and Isiolo Counties.
Less than half of children suffering from severe and moderate acute malnutrition are admitted for treatment in Kenya, with large differences across districts. Among the drivers of malnutrition are poor care and feeding practices for infants and young children. Working at community, district, and national levels, we aim to increase access to lifesaving malnutrition treatment.
In 2018, our nutrition and health teams in Kenya reached 72,533 children through lifesaving programs, providing treatment for acute malnutrition, micronutrient supplements, and training in proper infant and child care and feeding practices. Among other partners, we worked with the Ministry of Health to integrate nutrition treatment into training and protocols for community health volunteers, helping to improve health and nutrition through local outreach.
Our water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions reached 119,239 people. Our food security and livelihoods programs, which include cash transfers and support for disaster risk reduction for communities affected by drought, benefitted 189,186 people.
To support communities impacted by the deadly flooding in Tana River County, we launched an emergency response that included the distribution of emergency kits and basic supplies, nutrition screening and treatment, construction of latrines, and hygiene promotion to prevent disease outbreaks.