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Kenya

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Country History

Kenya is one of the most popular destinations in Africa for westerners, who are drawn by the country’s rich culture, spectacular wildlife parks, relatively easy accessibility and—until recently—political stability. Yet violence following Kenya’s 2007 elections left approximately 1,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands of people displaced, and the nation reeling. Kenya also hosts a quiet killer: HIV/AIDS. With one of the world’s highest HIV/AIDS rates, an estimated 1.5 million Kenyans are infected.

Response

International Medical Corps began its work in Kenya in 1998 following the deadly terrorist attacks on the US Embassy in Nairobi. Since then, International Medical Corps has responded to manmade and natural disasters in Kenya with critical lifesaving services as well as the long-term development challenges facing the country. Today, International Medical Corps’ focus in Kenya is primarily on preventing and treating the effects of HIV/AIDS amongst the most at-risk populations in the Western part of the country where contraction rates are still above the national average, as well as on improving the nutritional status of mothers and children.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Population

    Population
    46 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    19.3 Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy
    63.8 Years

  • life

    Refugees
    537,021

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    3.31 children per mother

  • Infant Mortality Rate

    Infant Mortality Rate
    39.38 deaths/1000 live births

OUR PROGRAMS IN KENYA

  • Population

    Family and Community Health

  • Population

    Nutrition and Food Security

  • Population

    Women's and Children's Health

  • Health Services

CURRENT PROGRAMS

HIV/AIDS

In Western Kenya, where HIV prevalence is two times higher than the national figures, International Medical Corps is working with the most at-risk populations for contracting and transmitting HIV/AIDS. International Medical Corps established drop-in centers that provide free HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. The centers offer HIV/AIDS education, family planning; condom promotion, demonstration, and distribution; counseling and psychosocial support; and referral services. The centers also organize support groups for those living with HIV/AIDS and train community leaders in HIV/AIDS prevention.

International Medical Corps also empowers adolescent girls and young women with the knowledge to keep themselves safe from HIV. This is done through a combination of HIV prevention activities that have successfully addressed risky sexual behaviors, HIV transmission and acquisition, and gender-based violence. By the end of the program. International Medical Corps is also studying the impact HIV self-testing and peer education can have on lowering transmission of HIV among female sex workers, while at the same time working to build the capacity of the county and national health management team in implementing science-based research and HIV programming.

CURE CERVICAL CANCER

In 2014, International Medical Corps has partnered with Cure Cervical Cancer to establish and scale up cervical cancer screening and treatment in 10 clinics in Kenya, including in the eight drop-in centers it created and at two women’s prison clinics. The 12-month project intends to screen and provide treatment to 3,500 women for cervical cancer.

NUTRITION

International Medical Corps is currently working in seven counties to improve maternal and child health through nutrition interventions. This involves supporting the Ministry of Health to implement High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) as well working with local organizations and other sectors, such as agriculture and the National Drought Management Authority, to build capacity and advocate for greater investments in nutrition. The HINI efforts target child under five years old and pregnant and breastfeeding women and to aim to reduce child mortality by 30 percent.

As part of a consortium with the Kenya Red Cross and the local organization Community Action for Rural Development, International Medical Corps is reducing child stunting through better access to nutrition services. The program also advocates for stronger political commitment to reducing malnutrition and child stunting at the county level and strengthens existing information systems to better understand how nutrition service delivery is working in health facilities.

A Baby's Swift Recovery in Kenya:
“Were it not for International Medical Corps and the partners in this nutrition program, I could have lost my child.”

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RESOURCES

Kenya Capabilities Statement

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DREAMS Newsletter, Vol. 1 - September 2016

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SLIDESHOW: A TOUR THROUGH KENYA (click the arrow on the right to flip through photos)

  • A mother and her children in search of water
  • International Medical Corps' community promoters share information about HIV and AIDS
  • HIV and AIDs programs focus heavily on sex exchange in fishing communities
  • Some happy members of the nutrition programs
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene members in Samburu stand next to a newly constructed latrine
  • Vaccinations administered as part of nutrition and health care outreach
  • The community of Samburu engage in nutrition and health care outreach
  • A physician provides information about nutrition
  • A child is tested for malnutrition in Isiolo County
  • In fishing communities, growing crops is promoted as an alternative to the exchange of sex with fish
  • Mother-to-mother support groups in Taita Taveta county meet for health care trainings
  • The launch of International Medical Corps sponsored program, Dream