For people living in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya, life is nothing short of difficult. In addition to inter-ethnic conflict over land, water resources and pasture, farmers and pastoralists must contend with just six to 21 inches of rain annually, which is much lower than the national average. Sparsely inhabited areas mean that people must travel lengthy distances to reach health services, which are poor, at best. For a population struggling to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and high maternal death rates, adequate health care with good referral systems are essential for improving people’s well-being. Inadequate infrastructure, including poor roads and telecommunications, weak markets and supply chain linkages, lack of reliable water resources and virtually no formal employment opportunities exacerbate the poverty conditions in the Northern Lands, which constitutes 70 percent of Kenya’s territory.
Land O'Lakes International Development is supporting the implementation of the APHIAplus Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach (IMARISHA) program led by the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF). Through the support of the American people and in partnership with the Government of Kenya, APHIAplus IMARISHA is sustainably improving the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands by delivering integrated health services and household/community economic strengthening interventions. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding this five-year initiative.
AMREF is leading a consortium of six national and international partners, including Land O'Lakes, Family Health International (FHI360), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), BroadReach Health Care and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to integrate health services and information at all levels while tailoring interventions to each of the Zone’s eight distinct counties.
Land O'Lakes and CRS are focusing their efforts on improving the well-being of poor, marginalized and undeserved populations – including youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and children affected by AIDS, pregnant women and new mothers, highly vulnerable girls, neonates and infants – by enhancing their access to income generating and economic strengthening activities. We will provide technical expertise to help strengthen livelihoods that depend on livestock by enhancing fodder production and storage, and providing technical support to community animal health workers and input suppliers from the private sector. Through APHIAplus IMARISHA, we will also foster the development of small-scale irrigation for nutritious vegetables for both household consumption and income generation. During trainings and capacity building activities, the program will enable stronger women’s participation in livestock keeping and other household economic strengthening pursuits such as food preservation, beekeeping, and poultry and goat keeping.
Land O'Lakes and CRS will provide training in new preservation, processing and storage techniques for crop- and livestock-based food products that will improve nutrition and enhance the capacity of producer groups, health extension workers and community-based organizations. The program will also train community service organizations and local implementing partners in business management skills that will enhance their ability to provide services not just during the project, but long afterwards.
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