Kenya: Nutrition situation in Turkana deteriorating – experts are on alert

Berlin / Nairobi, 13. July 2017

A new SMART Survey compiled by the Kenyan Ministry of Health as well as the UN and non-governmental organizations shows critical levels of acute malnutrition in Turkana. The trend indicates a worsening situation compared to June 2016 and January 2017. High level of severe malnutrition noted across the sub counties with Turkana South at 12%, summarize the experts of the SMART Survey.

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„The emergency threshold of the World Health Organization (WHO) for severe acute malnutrition is 2%. So in some regions of Turkana it's six time higher than the emergency threshold“, says Philippe Carrette, Country Director of Johanniter in Kenya. He is shocked by the results.

„Due to the 3rd failed rainy season people of Turkana have no other option than to get support with food and water“, says Carrette. So, the SMART Survey shows that 8 of 10 women are malnourished. Especially important protein sources like milk, corn and beans are not available anymore. Some 70% of livestock died, others are starving and can't produce milk.

Johanniter, who are working in Turkana since the drought in 2011, are already supporting over 4000 families with food, water and medical care. In reaction to the new SMART Survey, Johanniter will increase and adapt their programmes. „Important will be the distribution of Corn Soy Blend and food supplies for women and children“, says Carette. For coordinating and planning the activities, he is travelling to Turkana on Monday.

Interviews: Philippe Carrette is available for interviews. Please contact the press department.

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