GENEVA / KENYA CHOLERA

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The UN said today that there has been an outbreak of cholera in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya, home to Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. It is believed to have started among new arrivals at the camp where one person has died and there are now 60 cases. CH UNTV / FILE

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DATELINE 15 NOVEMBER 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1. Wide shot,, exterior, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
2. Wide shot, Press Room III
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“Together with our partners we are exploring options to gradually resume full operations despite continued security incidents in and around Dadaab. In the meantime refugees are still receiving life saving aid, namely food, water and healthcare. The situation has been complicated by an outbreak of Cholera in the camps which is believed to have started among the new arrivals, who had most likely acquired it in Somalia where Cholera is endemic or on route to Dadaab. Rains and flooding have affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps and we fear some refugees may have resorted to using some unsafe water from the flooded areas.”
4. Cutaway, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“There are now 60 suspected Cholera cases in the camps, including 10 laboratory confirmed cases and one refugee death. To manage the outbreak we and partners have set up Cholera treatment centres for severe cases. Most cases can be managed through oral rehydration solutions which can be given at home or at health posts.
6. Cutaway, journalist listening
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“We are working with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to train health workers in the community based management of diarrhoea so that patients can begin treatment at home. We have increased levels of chlorine which kills Cholera causing bacteria at water points in the camps. These are monitored to make sure they are maintained at the correct levels. We are also promoting hygiene practices amongst refugees especially to use latrines and hand washing with soap.

FILE / UNICEF / 11 - 13 OCTOBER 2011, DADAAB AND WAJIR, KENYA

8. Wide shot, refugees at Dadaab camp, waiting to be registered
9. Wide shot, children standing amidst newly built tents for refugees
10. Med shot, low angle, man wheeling jerry cans to fill water
11. Wide shot, pan right to left, newly built camps for refugees at Dadaab

FILE / UNICEF / 17 SEPTEMBER 2011, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

12. Med shot, sign board reading “Diarrhea/ Cholera Case Management”
13. Wide shot, mothers and children in the Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu
14. Wide shot, mother with child in her lap at the Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu
15. Close shot, baby crying


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Heavy rains and an outbreak of cholera in Kenya’s Dadaab complex is exacerbating the situation in the overcrowded refugee camp, where aid efforts were already hampered by insecurity, the United Nations in Geneva reported today.

There are now 60 cases of cholera in the camps, including 10 laboratory-confirmed cases and one refugee death, according to Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The cholera is believed to have started among new arrivals who had most likely acquired it in Somalia or en route to Dadaab, he told reporters in Geneva.

Mahecic said that “rains and flooding had affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps, and we fear some refugees resorted to using unsafe water from flooded areas.”

To manage the cholera outbreak, UNHCR and its partners have set up cholera treatment centres for severe cases. Most cases can be managed through oral rehydration solutions that can be given at home or at the health posts.

The agency is working with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Health to train health workers in the community-based management of diarrhoea so that patients can begin treatment at home.

Mahecic noted that “we have increased levels of chlorine, which kills cholera-causing bacteria, at water points in the camps,” and he added that “we are also promoting hygiene practices among the refugees, especially the use of latrines and hand washing with soap”. Each refugee received 250 grams of soap with the latest food distribution and this will continue monthly for several months.

The cholera outbreak, heavy rains and the risks of other waterborne diseases are complicating efforts to assist the hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Dadaab, where nearly 100 additional Kenyan police have been deployed in the last month, following the kidnapping of three aid workers. UNHCR is assisting them with vehicles, shelter and telecommunications equipment.

Mahecic also said that UNHCR, together with its partners, were exploring options to gradually resume full operations despite continued security incidents in and around Dadaab. In the meantime, refugees are still receiving life-saving aid, namely food, water and health care”.

Dadaab is home to more than 400,000 registered refugees, nearly all of them Somali, with an estimated 70,000 people having arrived in July and August as conditions in their homeland rapidly deteriorated.
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