Issues - HIV/Aids and Other Diseases - Kenya

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Orphans, Kenya

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This region has a HIV/AIDS population of over 210,000 with an infection rate of over 12%. Nairobi has a HIV/AIDS population of over 175,000 with an infection rate of over 16%. [2] There are over 730,000 AIDS orphans in Kenya resulting from the HIV/AIDS crisis.  According to the U.S.Census Bureau/UNAIDS.  UNICEF estimates, the number of Kenyan orphans due to AIDS will increase to 1.5 million by 2010. (2)  Kenya has been able to demonstrate a clear tend of decreasing HIV prevalence over the past several years. During the past three years, critical HIV services have been scale up. As a result, general awareness and knowledge for HIV transmission are nearly universal.

Travelers to Kenya are regularly advised to protect themselves against a myriad of diseases, unfortunately for the Kenyans they are not so fortunate and usually those that are most at risk suffer the most. The main diseases to be aware of are Cholera, Typhoid, Malaria and of course HIV/Aids. Kenya has a HIV/Aids infection rate of 700 people per day, mostly in the 18-45-age range.  A secondary disease from the Aids epidemic, due to lowered immune systems, is Tuberculosis. Approximately half the Kenyan population carries the latent tuberculosis infection.  In the past decade the HIV/AIDS epidemic has helped to triple the number of new adult tuberculosis cases in Kenya.  Because of this, the life expectancy has dropped from 63 to 45. The chance that a 15-year old boy will reach his 50th birthday is slim.

Ref: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html

Ref: http://www.unaids.org/en/Regions_Countries/Countries/kenya.asp

Ref: http://www.unaids.org/en/Regions_Countries/Countries/kenya.asp

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