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CDC in Kenya: Why We're Here

Kenya at a Glance

Population: 38,610,0971

Per capita income: $1,6002

Life expectancy at birth women/men: 59/58 yrs2

1 Kenya 2009 National Census
2 CIA Factbook, 2010

Top 10 Causes of Death in Kenya

  1. HIV/AIDS
    38%
  2. Lower respiratory infections
    10%
  3. Diarrheal disease
    7%
  4. Tuberculosis
    5%
  5. Malaria
    5%
  6. Cerebrovascular disease
    4%
  7. Ischaemic heart disease
    4%
  8. Perinatal conditions
    4%
  9. Road traffic accidents
    2%
  10. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    2%

Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2006

CDC-Kenya’s mission is to promote measurable, substantive public health advances in Kenya and throughout the region. In Kenya, achieving this mission in the context of a population with over 45% of the population living in poverty is a challenge. In addition, key health indicators including maternal and child mortality indicate stagnating health status in Kenya. It is in this context that CDC-Kenya works in strong partnership with local, national and regional partners to help address the burden of disease in Kenya.

It is these toughest health problems that CDC-Kenya is helping address, working directly with vulnerable families and communities in local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories. The work focuses primarily on infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and many others by trying to improve the Kenya health system.

Community members in Rarieda go through information materials on flu vaccination for children

Community members in Rarieda go through information materials on flu vaccination for children

 
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