Public Health in Emergencies

The goal of the project is to ensure that the population at risk of diseases outbreaks in the target population have increased capacity to PREVENT, DETECT and RESPOND to outbreaks 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. 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 has highlighted weaknesses 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 a need for collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working to achieve the best health for people, animals, and the environment.

Kenya, as back as the 1900s has faced a series of epidemics 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.

Our Strategy

The IFRC-USAID funded project through Kenya Red Cross 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.
3. Promoting private sector, media and other stakeholder 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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