Cases of cholera continue to emerge following an outbreak that was picked by surveillance system in the last week of December 2014 in Nairobi County. 21 counties have so far reported cases. This project contributes to the outbreak control (management of cases and prevention) in 10 counties. After initial signs of a cholera outbreak in december 2014 in Nairobi county, desease spread to 21 counties in august 2015. In september 2015 a total of 6529 cases and 131 deaths have been reported in this period, with a Case Fatality Rate of 2 per cent. The project focuses on the counties of Wajir, Baringo, Mombasa, Kilifi, Nairobi, Isiolo, Siaya Kisumu, Migori and Garissa, targeting 371,356 people in support of the Ministry of Health and supporting preparedness in Mandera and Marsabit (high risk counties).
For the appeal, the following strategies have been planned: Public awareness raising / sensitization activities related to cholera prevention, control and hygiene promotion at community and household levels. KRCS volunteers and supervisors will also be issued with megaphones, which they use to support awareness raising / sensitization campaigns related to the prevention and control of cholera. Leaflets (5,000) will be distributed to support awareness raising / sensitization campaigns on the prevention and control of cholera. Radio (local) spots will also be sought to extend the reach of prevention and control messages to the target population, Referral of cholera cases to medical health facilities. Cholera kits will be deployed to the affected area to support the management of cholera cases, Distribution of aqua tabs and sensitization on their use, Staff deployment to four critical counties.
In october 2015 678,434 people were affected, and 371,376 persons have been supported within the programme.