Despite recent economic success, Kenya remains among the poorest nations of the world – ranked at 147 of 187 in the UN Human Development Index. Additionally, concerning developments have taken place in the country in recent years. A drop of up to 90 per cent in Kenya’s income from tourism has taken place, caused by factors including attcks from international terror groups. Meanwhile, the highly agriculturally dependent nation has been increasingly affected by drought for decades – a problem that climate change is set to worsen.
A high number of refugees and almost one million internally displaced people, as well as numerous conflicts between some of Kenya’s diverse number of ethnic groups have contributed to further instability. The provision of water, sanitation and hygiene for the more than 43 per cent of the population living under the poverty line is insufficient.
Malteser International has been working in health field in Kenya since 2001. A particular focus of our work is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS among disadvantaged groups in the slums of Nairobi, and the Massai people. Since the terrible drought of 2011, Malteser International has been engaged in preparing and protecting the seminomadic population of the country’s arid north from further dry periods in the future.
Malteser International Locations: Nairobi (Country Office), Illeret