Caroline Nyongesa is Malteser International’s Regional Health Advisor in Kenya. She is currently leading a Malteser International project to reduce maternal and child mortality within the Burundian refugee community in Tanzania. In this interview, Ms. Nyongesa talks about the challenges women face as humanitarian aid workers and heartwarming moments in her career.Read more
Despite recent economic success, Kenya remains among the poorest nations of the world – ranked at 147 of 187 in the UN Human Development Index. Additionally, concerning developments have taken place in the country in recent years. A drop of up to 90 per cent in Kenya’s income from tourism has taken place, caused by factors including attcks from international terror groups. Meanwhile, the highly agriculturally dependent nation has been increasingly affected by drought for decades – a problem that climate change is set to worsen.
A high number of refugees and almost one million internally displaced people, as well as numerous conflicts between some of Kenya’s diverse number of ethnic groups have contributed to further instability. The provision of water, sanitation and hygiene for the more than 43 per cent of the population living under the poverty line is insufficient.
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Malteser International has been working in health field in Kenya since 2001. A particular focus of our work is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS among disadvantaged groups in the slums of Nairobi, and the Massai people.
Since the terrible drought of 2011, Malteser International has been engaged in preparing and protecting the seminomadic population of the country’s arid north from further dry periods in the future.
Our projects in Kenya
In 2017, a devastating hunger crisis was ravaging parts of Africa including northern Kenya. The Kenyan government declared a national drought emergency. Malteser International responded to the crisis by providing life-safing food aid in regions affected by the drought. One year on, many families have survived thanks to a quick response but many people are still living in the grip of starvation.Read more
The ongoing drought in Marsabit County, located in northern Kenya has caused much hardship for thousands of families whose livelihoods depend on cattle herding. Our employee Michael Fuchs gives us a brief situation report, and explains our latest aid intervention in the regionRead more
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Nairobi (Country Office), Illeret.