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Kenya, 26 October 2015: EU helps boost UNICEF’s humanitarian work

26 October 2015, NAIROBI, Kenya – The European Commission has signed two agreements with UNICEF to fund humanitarian programmes for children and women in Kenya worth €895,000. The Commission will provide €545,000 in support of UNICEF Kenya’s preparedness and response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. A further €350,000 will support protection measures for children in Kakuma refugee camp.

In January 2015, the Government of Kenya reported a cholera outbreak affecting 16 counties across the country. Since the onset of the outbreak, a total of 6,961 cases have been reported nationally across 21 counties (out of 47), with a Case Fatality Rate of 1.9 per cent (latest Ministry of Health data 6 October 2015).

“This contribution is timely. We need to expand prevention measures in order to bring the cholera outbreak under control before the rainy season starts in October, especially in high risk areas where children are particularly vulnerable,” says UNICEF’s Representative a.i., Pirkko Heinonen.

UNICEF has developed a Cholera Preparedness and Response Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The EU funding will support the implementation of this plan over a six-month period in order to reach the most vulnerable children and women with targeted life-saving interventions.

The second funding agreement is being implemented over a 12 month period, as of July, to address the needs of separated and unaccompanied minors entering Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, and other children with acute protection concerns.

“Children, especially those who arrive in the camp alone or separated from their family, are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. This EU funding aims to ensure that the children are well taken care of upon arriving in Kakuma,” says Jean-Marc Jouineau, Expert for Kenya and Somalia at the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. “Having escaped extreme violence and hardship, we need to support the children as best we can so that they can finally feel safe.”

Since December 2013, Kakuma refugee camp has seen its population grow to over 180,000. Sixty seven per cent of the 53,000 new arrivals are under 18 years old and 15 per cent fall into the category of unaccompanied and separated children. UNICEF in partnership with UNHCR and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) have worked to scale up Kakuma’s Case Management System targeting 24,000 children.

The funding from the European Commission will help to ensure that refugee children are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation, and are reunited with their families. Those children with no family are placed with foster parents.

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Background
The Case Management System works on the Best Interest Determination (BID) for the child and has four procedures namely: 1) Identification (identify child’s needs and opening of a file); 2) Response plan (plan with the child and family); 3) Referral (where partners do not have the required services, they refer to an appropriate service provider); and 4) Monitoring and case closure.

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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About the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department
The European Commission funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. The European Commission is among UNICEF’s largest humanitarian donors.

For more information about the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department visit: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/
For more information about the EU – UNICEF partnership visit https://www.unicef.org/eu/

For more information please contact:
Edita Nsubuga, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Kenya, Tel: +254 20 762 2977; Cell: + 254 708 989221; Email: ensubuga@unicef.org
Anouk Delafortrie, ECHO Regional Communication Officer, ECHO Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 297 2301 Cell: +254 722 791 604 Email: Anouk.Delafortrie@echofield.eu

 

 
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