Country Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
Country Overview: Kenya gained its independence in 1963. Since then there have been a series of political struggles and violence. Most recently in 2007, charges of vote rigging during an election resulted in two months of violence during which as many as 1,500 people died. UN-sponsored talks in late February produced a power sharing accord. In August 2010, Kenya adopted a new constitution that eliminates the role of prime minister after the next presidential election.
Country Under 5 Child Mortality Rate (per thousand births): 84*
Community Overview: Initially set up as a refugee camp, Mukuru is an impoverished section of Nairobi with very high child mortality rates. Sanitation conditions are difficult. This is at the root of much of the illnesses that kill children here, such as diarrhea and malnutrition.
Service Area Population: Approximately 300,000
Project Partner: The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy are an international community of Roman Catholic women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children. The sisters follow the example of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who had a special love for the virtue of mercy. There are an estimated 10,000 Sisters of Mercy around the world.
Project Overview: In the midst of extreme poverty in Mukuru, the Sisters of Mercy are running a clinic. While they are providing good care in the clinic, two additional components are required to more effectively reduce child mortality. MFH works with the Sisters to train a group of competent and motivated community health workers and to expand and enhance their nutrition and nutrition education services.