West Pokot County Government Partners with Action Against Hunger to Address Vital Community Needs
The County Government of West Pokot has taken a significant step towards enhancing community well-being by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Action Against Hunger (ACF) Kenya. This collaboration focuses on critical areas such as Food Security and Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Gender, and Advocacy.
The MoU, inked by Deputy Governor Robert Komolle representing West Pokot County Government and Mary Kimani, Ag Programme Director at ACF Kenya, marks a concerted effort to address the multifaceted challenges affecting vulnerable communities in West Pokot County. ACF's integrated emergency, adaptive, and recovery response program aims to alleviate the impact of shocks on these communities.
The partnership emphasises a united approach to combating hunger and malnutrition, recognising the interconnections of factors such as agriculture, water availability, and healthcare. Notably, ACF's interventions have seen a reduction in the rate of stunting from 46% in 2006 to 35% currently, demonstrating tangible progress in improving nutritional outcomes.
One significant initiative involves the establishment of the Cherangan mother-to-mother support group, which has constructed a shelter for learning purposes.
Moreover, ACF aims to further empower local communities by bolstering reporting mechanisms to track progress accurately. Efforts to address deficiencies in Vitamin A supplements underscore the commitment to ensuring the health of both mothers and children.
In line with improving healthcare outcomes, ACF and the Department of Health and Sanitation will enhance collaboration with Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) particularly in the areas of WASH and Nutrition. Additionally, they will continue with their efforts to transform the county into an Open Defecation Free (ODF) zone.