Kenya's relative socio-political and economic stability has enabled it to position itself as the primary communication and financial hub of East Africa. However, gains made on those fronts have constantly been eroded by challenges in governance and the distribution of resources, the impacts of maternal and child mortality, high HIV and AIDS prevalence and other communicable diseases, and recurring incidents of conflicts, insecurity and violence. All these have imposed on Kenyans a huge burden, manifested in poverty and insecurity.
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|Population:||43,013,341 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||224,081 sq mi; slightly more than twice the size of Nevada|
|People Served:||3,186,872 (2012 est.)|
Poverty continues to grow in Kenya even as the economy expands, leaving many Kenyans to confront food shortages, low income, soaring unemployment, conflicts and the consequences of an HIV-AIDS pandemic. To help address these problems, Catholic Relief Services has been working in Kenya since 1965. Initially, activities predominantly focused on emergency relief, helping communities to survive droughts and food shortages, and maternal and child health programs. Over the years, CRS' focus in Kenya has shifted from direct relief and food distribution to a comprehensive development program that works through about 50 local partners. CRS Kenya programs now support children orphaned by AIDS and people with HIV, community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family and community livelihoods, health and sanitation, promote peace and prevent early marriages of girls. In 2011, CRS launched a massive response to support Somalian refugees in the Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya.
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Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics (CICC)
HIV and AIDS
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