In recent years, the demographic dividend has garnered enormous traction in African policy circles, and leaders and policymakers have begun to see it as a strategy for achieving their economic growth targets. Africa has the youngest population in the world. About 43 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is younger than 15, while
Parts of Northern Kenya have been struck by an epidemic of chikungunya, a mosquito borne viral infection. Half of the population in one Kenyan county which borders Ethiopia and Somalia has come down with the infection. There’s real risk of travellers spreading it to new areas. Professor Collins Ouma from the African Institute for
The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development is in the process of reforming and replacing the 8-4-4 curriculum with a new 2-6-3-3-3 system.The need to improve the skills that youth get from schools in order to enhance their employability and ultimate economic productivity is at the centre of the rationale for these reforms. Indeed, the
“’This one is infected, can’t you see how slim she has become? She will die and no one will attend her burial.’ In my face, they will say that the disease came to me because I was having sex … like a dog.” The above statement was made by Josephine (not her real name),
Delivery of universal health services continues to be hampered by the lack of capacity to access and utilise timely and robust data and research evidence to inform policies to help achieve universal access to health coverage. This issue came to the fore during a recent Health Data Collaborative (HDC) meeting convened by the Ministry
Teen pregnancy is both a public health and education sector problem in Kenya. The recently launched 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey reported that one in five girls aged 15-19 (18.1 percent) have begun childbearing, meaning that they are pregnant with their first child or have ever given birth to one or more children.