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Disaster Preparedness & Response

The Community  Epidemics and Pandemics  Preparedness  (CP3) – Kenya programme is funded by USAID through the Internationsl Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The goal of the project is to ensure that population at risk of diseases outbreaks in target population have increased capacity to PREVENT, DETECT AND RESPOND to out breaks including Zoonosis.

Infectious disease outbreaks of  Corona Virus ,Zika, Ebola, MERS-CoV, SARS, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and various other strains of the influenza virus have affected hundreds of millions of people around the world in the past 15 years.[i] The outbreaks have had devastating impacts on economies, societies and the public health system both locally, regionally and globally. The impacts of disease outbreaks have necessitated increased advocacy on preparedness in a bid to prevent the next pandemic. Expert evaluation of disease response efforts have highlighted weakness and significant failures in preparedness that could have averted disease spread and minimize impact and economic losses in GDP. There is recognition of the fact that 60% of all infectious diseases in humans and 75% of emerging diseases are spread from animals and thus there is need for collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working to achieve the best health for people, animals, and environment.

Kenya as back as 1900s has faced a series of epidemics with some of them being more frequent than others. In the last ten years Kenya has had epidemics of anthrax, Brucellosis, Rift Valley Fever, Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue fever, Malaria, Measles, Rubella and Polio.

Strategy

The IFRC/USAID funded project through KRCS is using three strategies:

  1. Strengthening community resilience against the effects of epidemics and pandemics through capacity building to enhance Community Based Surveillance.
  2. Building National Society and County capacity to prepare and respond to epidemic and pandemic threats through Multi-Hazard Contingency Planning and strengthening of One Health Approach Technical Working Groups in the counties of Focus.
  1. Promoting private sector, media and other key stake holder engagement in health through sensitizations, Business Continuity Plans spots check and Coordinated Community Voices by media engagement for real time risk communication and community engagement.

Target Counties

  1. Bomet-Chepalungu and Sotik Sub counties
  2. Narok-Narok West and Narok South Sub counties
  3. West Pokot-Pokot North Sub county
  4. Tharakanithi-Tharaka North and Igambang’ombe Sub counties

 

 

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