Kenya 2023 IFRC Network Country Map (MAAKE002) – Kenya




The Kenya Red Cross Society is a voluntary humanitarian organization established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament. It serves the public authorities as a support organization in the provision of humanitarian aid. She has a statutory mandate to work on humanitarian issues on behalf of vulnerable people in Kenya while protecting her own independence and the seven fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It is Kenya’s only humanitarian organization established by an Act of Parliament and the only one mandated to support both the national and county governments.

Headquartered in the capital, Nairobi, the Kenya Red Cross has emergency response and development program capacities at the national and community levels. The geographic reach of the Kenya Red Cross, with its eight regional offices and 47 district branches, means it can arrive first to disasters and crises and stay to the end, while maintaining a local presence to facilitate the implementation of community-based programs. In 2021 and 2022 alone, the Kenya Red Cross responded to multiple disease outbreaks including COVID-19, drought and food insecurity, floods, and conducted election preparations.

The National Society serves a variety of communities. It places a special emphasis on the needs of the most hard-to-reach and most vulnerable groups, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas, urban informal settlements, remote rural areas and geographically marginalized locations. The National Society’s programs are informed, guided, and directed by the communities it serves; It understands community-specific priorities and uses its local knowledge, international network and experience to make a difference.

The Kenya Red Cross Society Strategic Plan 2021-2025 has four objectives. One focuses on the development of the National Society – to be a strong Kenyan Red Cross Society and three are programmatic goals:

Communities are able to anticipate, prepare for, respond to and quickly recover from crises

  • Vulnerable communities are well organized and able to anticipate and prepare for new and recurring shocks

  • Affected communities receive effective, innovative and timely humanitarian response

  • Communities have improved access to relevant and sustainable livelihoods

Communities lead healthy lives and have opportunities to achieve social, economic and psychosocial well-being

  • Communities have improved and unhindered access to quality universal health care

  • Transformed healthy communities drive self-sufficiency and risk reduction initiatives

  • There are inclusive, relevant and effective health policies at national and regional levels

Youth-led positive change in communities

  • Young people have improved knowledge, skills and experience for personal, social and economic development

  • Young people live healthy and responsible lives and maximize their potential

  • There are enough safe spaces for youth representation, participation and meaningful engagement

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