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Scola's story

We built a pipeline to bring fresh water to Scola and her community

Vulnerable to drought and food shortages

HIV/AIDS infections|530,000 refugees|Malnutrition

Kenya has one of the world’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rates, with an estimated 1.5 million Kenyans infected with the virus.

With a strong economy and relative political stability since the disputed elections of 2007, Kenya still suffers from cyclical droughts which result in serious food shortages and increased malnutrition rates. Refugees from conflict and famine across the border in Somalia continue to arrive in the largest refugee camp in the world – Dadaab in Eastern Kenya – which is currently home to approximately 350,000 people.

A food crisis that affected all of East Africa in 2011, following several years of poor harvests, led to thousands more Somali refugees fleeing into Kenya, which was itself seriously affected by the crisis. This illustrated the vulnerability of Kenya’s social and health infrastructure to unexpected shocks.

International Medical Corps has worked in Kenya since 1998 providing HIV/AIDS, health care, mother and children, food and clean water and sanitation programmes.

HIV / AIDS: We provide HIV prevention services to fishermen and sex workers in the fishing communities of Western Kenya, one of the most at-risk populations. We supported the implementation of HIV services in Kenya’s prisons, recently handing over responsibility to the prison service and a local Kenyan NGO.

Food: Working through local communities and health facilities, we make sure those who are most in need have access to food, and that mothers and children get the nutrition they need. We train local mothers in good practices who then share the education by forming local community groups.

Primary health care: We provide primary health care and maternity care to Somali refugees who would otherwise have no access to medical help. We are also collaborating on an innovative programme to screen for and treat cervical cancer amongst the refugees.

Explore Kenya

Our impact and work

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Saved by 'Love'

Saved by 'Love'

Saved by 'Love'

Tackling malnutrition in young children in Kenya

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Dangerous waters

Dangerous waters

Finding clean water

Imagine to get water, you had to avoid leopards and poisonous snakes to climb to the nearest clean spring. Imagine if you had to walk six km and return with 20 kg of water on your head. 

Water handwashing in Kenya


Inventive water harvesting helps Kenya balance rain extremes

Migingo Island Kenya

Helping the most vulnerable

Helping the most vulnerable

Grace's Story

The sex workers and fisher folk who need to be counselled, tested and educated to halt HIV.

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Road to Parikati

Road to Parikati

Finding Water

When International Medical Corps sent Jackson Musomba to Parikati in Northern Kenya to build a safe water supply for a local school, he knew it would be a challenge.


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