Kenya: Acute Malnutrition Situation February 2020 and Projection for March - May 2020
01.02.2020 > 31.05.2020
February 2020 
March - May 2020 



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DISCLAIMER: Please note that this IPC Acute Malnutrition analysis was integrated with an IPC Acute Food Insecurity analysis.

According to acute malnutrition integrated phase classification (IPC AMN) conducted in February 2020, nutrition situation has improved compared to the 2019 Long Rains Season in most of the Counties though it remains critical (IPC AMN phase 4) in Garissa, Wajir, Mandera Turkana, and Isiolo Counties as well as North Horr and Laisamis sub-counties in Marsabit County and Tiaty sub-county in Baringo County. A notable improvement was realized in Turkana North, Turkana South and Laisamis sub-counties which were classified as extremely critical (IPC AMN Phase 5) during the 2019 Long Rains Assessment (2019 LRA) which was conducted in July 2019. Deterioration was however realized in Isiolo County which was classified in the serious phase (IPC AMN Phase 3) but is currently classified in the critical phase (IPC AMN Phase 4). Counties that were classified in serious phase (IPC AMN Phase 3) included Tana River, Samburu and West Pokot Counties where notable improvement was realized in Tana River County and Samburu which were in Critical phase (IPC AMN Phase 3) during the 2019 LRA. Moyale and Saku sub-counties in Marsabit County were classified in alert (IPC AMN phase 2) while Kilifi, Lamu, Kitui, Makueni, Laikipia, Kajiado and Narok were classified as acceptable (IPC AMN Phase 1). The improved nutrition situation is mainly attributed to good performance of the 2019 short rains that resulted in an improved food security situation including higher milk production and consumption across ASAL counties. Other factors included better terms of trade and reduced trekking distances to water sources in the agro-pastoral and pastoral areas.

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