Kenya – The Burden of Disease among Residents of Nairobi’s Informal Settlements
“New evidence released by APHRC reveals the main health conditions accounting for illnesses and deaths among people living in urban informal settlements in Kenya. Among children below five years, the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhea and stillbirths, which account for 60% of all deaths.”
This brief focuses on the burden of disease among people living in informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. Its purpose is to highlight the major diseases accounting for deaths in the slum communities, and the need for governments and development partners to prioritize efforts
to address them. Information on burden of disease is crucial for planning. This has been attested to in Tanzania where a burden of disease approach for district and national planning has been successfully used to reduce child deaths.