Human Development Index
145 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2016: 217,934
People Received Nutritional Support
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency
Kenya has one of the strongest economies in Africa. However, progress has been uneven and a large part of the country is still underdeveloped.
The nation is home to more than 44 million people, 80 percent of whom live in rural areas and rely almost entirely on seasonal rainfall to make their living from small-scale farming. When the rains fail, crops fail—and people are left without a source of food or income. About 80 percent of the land in Kenya is arid or semi-arid, and nearly half of the population live below the poverty line. Adding to the strain on local resources, in 2015, Kenya supported close to 596,000 refugees from crises in the region, particularly South Sudan and Somalia.
An estimated one in every four children in Kenya suffers from stunted growth from chronic undernutrition.
In 2016, Action Against Hunger simultaneously managed long-term development programming while playing a key role in the humanitarian response to drought-related emergencies. As part of the Strengthening Preparedness and Emergency Response Capacities Consortium, we supported the Isiolo County Ministry of Health to scale up nutrition surge capacity within the county, and worked with local partners to build their capacity and provide similar services in Mandera County. In addition, Action Against Hunger worked to develop the capacity of local organizations and the county government in West Pokot to enhance their ownership and ability to respond to undernutrition crises in the area. Throughout 2016, we mantained and strengthened our position as a transformative leader in nutrition security in Kenya, working to contribute to the optimal performance of health systems at the national, regional, and local levels.
Action Against Hunger has been working in Kenya since 2002. We currently have programs in four counties: Nairobi, West Pokot, Isiolo, and Tana River.
WHAT WE ACHIEVED IN 2016
Nutrition, Health, and Care Practices: 160,031
- Strengthened local health systems and reached at-risk children with lifesaving treatment for acute undernutrition
- Brought quality care directly to communities
- Mobilized peer support groups for mothers and fathers to improve nutrition
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: 8,800
- Increased the supply of clean water
- Improved sanitation
- Prevented the spread of cholera
Food Security, Livelihoods, and Disaster Risk Management: 49,103