With funding from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Mercy-USA is partnering with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to implement an integrated emergency nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene project in Garissa County, Kenya. This vital project, which serves children under the age of 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers in three sub-counties within Garissa County, aims to reduce malnutrition among this vulnerable population.
Mercy-USA has community health workers based in villages throughout these sub-counties who assist our outreach mobile nutrition and medical teams to evaluate and identify children and mothers in need. These outreach teams visit each village on a regular and needs-based rotation.
The water, sanitation and hygiene component of this project aims to reduce the spread of disease and infections through hygiene promotion at the community level. Mercy-USA is also building and renovating clean water sources in villages and at local health facilities, as well as renovating lavatories at these health centers and training health workers in safe medical waste handling.