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Kenya: Acute Malnutrition Situation Overview in January 2018 and Projection for February-April 2018

01/01/2018 - 30/04/2018
Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

While the overall nutrition situation has improved according to the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) for Acute Malnutrition conducted in February 2018, the levels of acute malnutrition remain at Critical levels (Phase 4; GAM WHZ 15.0 - 29.9 percent) in Turkana Central, North, West and South, Tana River, Wajir North, North Horr and Laisamis sub-counties. In addition, Isiolo and Kajiado reported a Serious nutrition situation (Phase 3; GAM WHZ 10.0 -14.9 percent). Narok county was classified as Alert (Phase 2; GAM WHZ ≥ 5 to 9.9 percent) while Kilifi, Kwale, Kitui, Makueni, Mbeere and Tharaka were Acceptable (Phase 1; GAM WHZ <5%). The nutrition situation is projected to remain in the same phase in Turkana and Wajir North while a deterioration is expected in Isiolo, North Horr, Laisamis, Tana River and Kilifi due to the scale down of the emergency response interventions including Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) and integrated health and nutrition outreaches during the projection period (Figure 2).


Compared to the 2017 LRA, the overall nutrition situation has significantly improved in Turkana South, North & Central and North Horr from the very critical (Phase 5; GAM WHZ ≥30 percent) to critical nutrition situation. The improvement is mainly attributed to improved food access indicators including milk availability in arid counties, large scale implementation of key emergency response interventions including BSFP, improved access to health and nutrition services through the scale up of integrated outreaches and key food access interventions including cash transfers and food assistance across the arid and semi-arid areas (ASAL) and counties. While the nutrition situation has improved in the most affected counties following the crisis of 2017, interventions will need to be sustained to avoid levels of acute malnutrition deteriorating, which was observed in the same time in 2012. 


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