More than rice and water

27 Oct 2011

Medico-partners to help victims of drought in East Africa.

Medico-partner: Dr. Ravi M. Ram (PHM Kenya) and Omondi Otieno, E. (ACV)

Medico supports the basic medical assistance and food distributions to its Kenyan partners in the People's Health Movement (PHM) Circle Kenya. The medico-partners are focusing their relief efforts to realize the large settlements outside refugee camps, the others already on the UN and major international aid agencies are supplied, as well as the local population in eastern Kenya is affected by the famine.

With its integrated emergency project, the PHM Kenya, the distribution of goods to alleviate the acute distress of tackling structural causes combine the hunger crisis. There are alternative and long-term solutions are found and support the victims of their dispute over the right to health and nutrition to the Kenyan authorities. These various organizations from the PHM Kenya have come together to combine resources and skills. The active core of the African Centre for Volunteers (ACV), the Kamukunji Paralegal Trust (caplets) and a group of volunteer activists PHM.

Specifically, in the first phase the following actions are performed:

  • Integrated municipal program for malnourished children: the plan is the distribution of packages of basic food, water, tents and cooking utensils. In addition, a community mobilization and awareness regarding malnutrition in children is performed.
  • Preventive Health Program: In addition to the distribution of hygiene products is the development and organization of community health workers in the foreground.
  • Participatory survey on the actual implementation of the right to health in the communities of northern Kenya and publication of the report.
  • Strengthening of communities to demand their health rights against local authorities and relevant ministries. Training for staff and volunteers PHM activists in the areas of lobbying and campaigning.
  • Offer improved long-term food security by strengthening local organizations, even basic health services and prevention measures.

Part of the work are advocacy measures to compel the authorities in the region of Garissa, to assume their responsibility to supply the communities affected by the famine. Because this component PHM could not implement the project in the designated district Lagdera. As local government employees and employees of the Health Ministry was clear that their work is reviewed critically, have already been announced cooperative agreements made again. In addition, two major international aid agencies there refused to work with local organizations. This led to delays and a shift of the project around Hulugho in Ijara district.

Also in this district, right on the border with Somalia, is the National Health Service in no way sufficient. Some communities are up to 240 km from the nearest health station. Existing facilities are materially and staff expressed poorly equipped. A particular challenge of the project work in this neglected region is particularly poor infrastructure - roads and communication facilities are beyond the provincial capital hardly exists. Due to the unstable security situation along the border, fighting between the Kenyan army and the Somali Al-Shaabab militia and kidnappings of foreign aid workers, many of the international organizations have largely withdrawn from the area. This increases the demands of local communities towards the medico-partners.

Rights instead of pity

As a member organization of the People's Health Movement is committed to Medico International together with its Kenyan partners in this global health movement for the human right to health. This includes the political debate is the question, what are the causes of such disasters, hunger, and how they can be eliminated. The repeated failure of rainy seasons has deprived farmers and ranchers of their livelihoods. However, it is not just the drought that has led to famine. Financial speculation in grains, military interventions in the interest of the West, growing power of brutal warlords during the civil war in Somalia, and not least climate change, which hits the poorest hardest, have made a famine from the drought of this magnitude. Medico therefore initiated jointly with the African and European writers call "rights instead of pity for East Africa" ​​for solidarity and structural changes. This is a starting point for debate and political action to prevent future hunger to be set.


As has already apparent that the need for dietary supplements, such as corn, soybean and peanut paste (enriched with sugar and milk, vitamins and minerals) and health services is very high, an increase of the volume is checked in the existing project. To supply the nomads in remote areas might have a mobile clinic will be necessary. Medico also discussed with other Kenyan health care networks, whether a reasonable extension of aid is possible.  In order to provide our partner organizations in Kenya, an effective contribution to alleviating the suffering and long-term fight against the causes, we need your support!

Please help with a donation under the heading "East Africa" ​​.

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Keyword "East Africa"

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