Kenya treating malnutrition


An overview of our work and the humanitarian situation in Kenya. Our teams are providing an integrated approach to fighting severe acute malnutrition

People we helped in 2015

Kenya's economy is the largest in the region and its agricultural sector is strong. However, an unequal distribution of wealth has left half of the country’s population living below the poverty line. Many struggling families face daunting health challenges, such as malnutrition, malaria and waterborne diseases — all preventable illnesses that Kenya’s public health system is ill-equipped to handle. 

The dire public health situation for so many Kenyans was made worse in 2011 when droughts and food shortages put the lives and livelihoods of nearly four million people at risk. 

Droughts are not the only natural disaster to hit Kenya recently. In 2013, continuous heavy rains through the usually arid area of Tana River County left 82,000 people without homes, farmland, livestock and access to clean water. 

Although the most recent food crisis has eased, families in Kenya still need help. The country’s long-term health goals include helping communities recover by scaling up nutritional support for at-risk families, increasing access to nutritionally fortified crops and building government capacity to treat malnutrition but much more remains to be done to achieve these goals.

What we’re doing

We will continue to help Kenya fight deadly hunger through our integrated nutrition, food security and water programmes. We are also

  • Scaling up nutritional support for vulnerable families
  • Increasing access to nutritionally-fortified crops
  • Building government capacity to treat malnutrition


Malnourished child in West Pokot Kenya
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