ALARM STAGE

Turkana gets Sh44m for emergency drought response

County gets direct cash transfers of Sh5,000 for 1,750 families for 4 months, and acute nutrition treatment

In Summary
  • USAID Nawirii supporting the Turkana  government emergency drought response with direct cash transfers and treatment for malnutrition and acute malnutrition.
  • The drought status in Turkana has been at the alarm state since November, the  National Drought Management Authority SAYS.
Kang'irisai resident stricken with hunger waiting for relief food in Turkana.
HUNGER: Kang'irisai resident stricken with hunger waiting for relief food in Turkana.
Image: HESBORN ETYANG

The Turkana government has received Sh44 million from USAID Nawiri for emergency drought response through cash transfers and acute nutrition treatment.

The drought status in Turkana has been at the alarm stage since November, the National Drought Management Authority drought early bulletin said.

Turkana county government said more than 640,000 people are in dire need of food.

USAID Nawiri in collaboration with county and NDMA will provide unconditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable and undernourished families.

It will support outreach to treat acute malnutrition.

"We are supporting the county response. This drought has gone from bad to worse in the last few months," Hussein Noor of USAID said.

Noor said the Sh44,335,002 million will complement efforts of the county.

It will support 1,750 households for four months and each family will receive Sh5,067 in cash every month.

The nutrition outreach programme targets 24,000 households.

Noor said it aims to reduce the mortality of pregnant and lactating mothers, and children under the age of five due to increased malnutrition.

Philip Aemun, Turkana executive for agriculture and the pastoral economy, said the emergency response funds target the three worst-affected subcounties — Kibish, Turkana South and Turkana West.

Turkana residents had urged the government to give them money instead of relief food so they can buy what they need.

USAID Nawiri team and Turkana county officials display the Sh44million cheque for emergency drought response.
SH44 MILLION: USAID Nawiri team and Turkana county officials display the Sh44million cheque for emergency drought response.
Image: HESBORN ETYANG

They aid the food distributed by the county is too little and can't help them much.

They urged the county and national governments to emulate the cash transfer strategy used by Kenya Red Cross.

The USAID-funded programme targets 11,082 households, which is equivalent to 66,492 people in Turkana, Baringo and West Pokot counties.

That breaks down to 31,940 people or 5,323 families in Turkana, 16,335 in West Pokot and 18,217 in Baringo counties.

(Edited by V. Graham)