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[afro-nets] Evidence identifies the main causes of death among communities living in urban slums in Kenya

  • From: "Rose Oronje" <roronje@aphrc.org>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:10:41 +0300

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has released new evidence that identifies the main health conditions accounting for illnesses and deaths among people living in Nairobi's informal settlements. Among children below five years, the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhea and stillbirths, which account for 60% of all deaths in this age-group. Among people aged five years and above, AIDS and Tuberculosis are the leading causes of deaths, accounting for 50% of the deaths in this age-group. This evidence is being shared with the Kenyan government and development partners to inform their decisions on issues that need to be prioritized in allocation of resources for them to make a difference in addressing health challenges among poor communities in Nairobi.

Please, follow this link to read more about this evidence in a 4-page Policy Brief:
http://www.aphrc.org/documents/burden <http://www.aphrc.org/documents/burden%20of%20disease%20Policy%20Brief.pdf> of disease Policy Brief.pdf. To read the full paper, follow this link:

To read more research findings from APHRC, please visit this page:

If you wish to have any further information, please contact:
Rose N. Oronje

or Elizabeth Kahurani

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Shelter Afrique Center, Longonot Road, Upper Hill
P.O. Box 10787-00100 GPO
Nairobi , Kenya
Tel. +254 20 2720 400/1/2;
Fax. +254 20 2720380
Web: http://www.aphrc.org/