“Nutrition for adolescents is not good and this is caused by poor economic background, maybe their families are not financially able and this contributes to many adolescents going to dump sites. Like right now the largest population at the dumpsite is of our young age, someone eats dirty food that has not been inspected and many fall sick. All this is because they are not financially stable.”
Kenya’s urban population is rapidly increasing, with approximately 32% of the population residing in urban areas. This increase has put pressure on basic facilities such as water, sanitation, security, housing and transportation. In Nairobi, over half of the population resides in slums.
The assessment findings reinforce the range of challenges facing poor urban children and adolescents. While there is relatively more evidence, data and a more supportive policy environment than in other countries in the region, opportunities remain to use information to inform action—especially for adolescents.
Source: Kenya Country Brief