Kenya: US$166 million urgently needed to save 2.6 million lives
Today, the United Nations and humanitarian partners launched an appeal for $166 million to address the devastating consequences of drought in northern Kenya. This funding will provide life-saving assistance and protection to 2.6 million people over the next ten months.
Below average rainfall in 2016 has caused severe dryness in the country’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties, doubling the number of severely food insecure Kenyans to 2.6 million in less than a year. A similar number lack access to safe drinking water. More than 357,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers are acutely malnourished.
The $166 million Flash Appeal has been developed in response to the Government of Kenya's declaration of the drought as a national disaster on 10 February 2017. The Flash Appeal complements the Government of Kenya’s ongoing $208 million response against which the Government has allocated $100 million.
A variety of cash and food assistance programmes are ongoing but the needs are overwhelming the capacity to respond. This second consecutive season with below-average rainfall in Kenya has exhausted people’s capacity to cope. The most vulnerable are the elderly, sick, pregnant and/or lactating women and children under five years.
The Flash Appeal will be reviewed in three months following the long-rains that will hopefully last from March to May 2017.