Location: Located in the North Eastern part of Kenya, it borders Ethiopia to the North, Somalia Republic to the East, and Wajir County to the South and South West

Area (Km 2): 25,991.5 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Rainfall is scanty and unpredictable averaging 255mm. It is very hot with temperatures at a mean annual average of 28.3°C but can reach a high of 37°C.

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (Not Available), Gravel Surface (470 Km), Earth Surface (2,083Km)

Mandera County 

  • Mandera West
  • Banisa
  • Mandera North
  • Mandera East
  • Lafey
  • Mandera South

Population: 1,025,756 (Male - 54.6 %, Female – 45.4%)

Population Density: 39 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.7 %

Annual Growth Rate: 3.96 %

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (53.7%), 15-64 years (44.4 %), 65+ years (1.9 %)

Number of Households: 125,497


Some Strengths of Mandera County include:

  • The main natural resource is Quarry Mining, Malkamari national game reserve
  • Tourist Attractions as Malka Mari Fort, National Park and Game Reserve
  • Main Economic Activities include pastoralism, trade across the borders, quarrying, beekeeping and agriculture-sorghum, maize, cowpeas, onions & mangoes along river Daua

Minerals: Gypsum, Chromite

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (117), Secondary (19)

Primary: Enrolment (40,148)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:68 (Public Schools)

Secondary: Enrolment (2,747)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1:24 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: Mandera Youth Polytechnic

Adult Literacy Classes: 135 Enrolment (3,465)

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (24), Health Centres (12), Medical Clinics (20), Nursing Homes (4)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:508,878

Infant Mortality Rates: 72/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 128/ 1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malaria, Urinary Tract Infections, Pneumonia and HIV/AIDS

Notable Hospitals: Takaba, Elwak, and Mandera District Hospitals 


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