We offer care to refugees, survivors of sexual violence and people who use drugs in Kenya, and respond to public health challenges such as HIV and COVID-19.

For over 30 years, our teams have been providing care to communities in and around the Dadaab refugee camp. In our 100-bed hospital in Dagahaley, part of the Dadaab refugee camp, our teams conduct outpatient consultations and admit patients to the hospital, including children with severe malnutrition.

In Kiambu, our clinic offers care for people who use drugs – who are often excluded from healthcare services. The Methadone Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinic aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality of people addicted to heroin. It caters for all healthcare needs including mental health and psychosocial support. 

Our activities in Kenya in 2022

Data and information from the International Activity Report in 2022.

MSF IN KENYA IN 2022 Doctors Without Borders/MSF responded to multiple emergencies and public health challenges in Kenya in 2022, including disease outbreaks, urban violence, and the worst drought in 40 years.

During an outbreak of kala-azar (visceral leishmaniasis) in Tharaka Nithi county early in the year, MSF supported the health authorities’ response by training staff, conducting awareness-raising activities and referrals, and distributing mosquito nets to mitigate the spread of the disease.

As the longest drought in Kenya in four decades intensified, we provided emergency care for children and lactating mothers with severe malnutrition in the northeast of the country. We also responded to an increase of refugees arriving in Dadaab, where they had come in search of food and water. Our teams offered basic and specialist healthcare and improved water and sanitation services in and around Dagahaley camp.

In August, our teams treated people injured during general elections-related violence in Nairobi and Homa Bay. As the year ended, we also responded to sporadic cholera outbreaks, setting up treatment centres and providing training, logistical support and health promotion, as well as patient care.

Throughout the year, we continued to increase access to healthcare for marginalised youth and adolescents. In Mombasa, we supported the provision of comprehensive, youth-friendly medical services in health facilities and communities.

In response to chronic urban violence in Eastlands, a suburb of Nairobi, we offered emergency and sexual and reproductive healthcare at our youth-friendly clinic and in four sexual violence clinics integrated in public facilities. We also ran an emergency call centre and ambulance services in Eastlands.

In Kiambu County, we expanded access to opioid substitution therapy, comprehensive healthcare and psychosocial support for people who use heroin through a one-stop clinic and two other facilities.

In Homa Bay, we supported the county referral hospital’s adult medical wards by providing staff, treatment and follow-up, and scaled-up treatment for non-communicable diseases in local health facilities. Meanwhile, we handed over our paediatric, adolescent and advanced HIV treatment activities to local partners.

IN 2022

Treatment of People Who Use Drugs in Kenya: Mburu Michael is flanked by his father (left) and uncle (right) as they arrive at the Karuri medically assisted therapy clinic in Karuri for his take home methadone dose.

Treating People Who Use Drugs in Kiambu, Kenya

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Illustrations at the Dandora Youth Friendly Centre walls in Nairobi, Kenya.

Creating a safe space for the youth of Nairobi

Latest News 23 Apr 2024
 Refugees from Somalia in Dadaab

Worsening humanitarian conditions in overcrowded Dadaab refugee camps

Press Release 25 Jan 2023
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Kenya, Malnutrition crisis

Rising malnutrition cases in Marsabit, Kenya: Urgent support needed

Latest News 19 May 2022
The landscape of Dagahaley Camp is a community camp that has existed since 1990 in Kenya's territory.

Kenya: Urgent solutions needed for refugees as camps close

Press Release 6 Dec 2021
Hawa Hassan Bule, 35 years old, is with some of her children. She has lived in the Dagahaley refugee camp in since she was a child. 

Return is not a solution, say refugees in Dadaab after camp closure announcement

Latest News 18 Jun 2021