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The pandemic and a health workers’ strike disrupted essential health services. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

COVID and health workers’ strike: how Kenya’s health services coped in times of crisis

Outpatient visits, screening and diagnostic services, and child immunisation were particularly negatively affected.
Kenyans queue to vote in the 9 August 2022 election. John Ochieng/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Why youth apathy in elections bodes ill for Kenya

When people fail to exercise their right to vote, it increases the likelihood of political extremism and the pursuit of narrow interests.
Productivity is key in reducing inflation – it rides on innovation and efficiency, which should be encouraged. Photo by TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images

Inflation is rising in Kenya: here’s why, and how to fix it

A confluence of many factors – from Russia’s war to drought to local corruption and lack of productivity – has inflated prices.
Kenyans protest rising food prices and call for urgent government action in Nairobi in May 2022. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Kenya’s election promises: an economist’s perspective

The economy has taken centre stage in Kenya’s 2022 elections, but political promises have fallen short of offering realistic solutions.
Candidates are always willing to outspend each other to boost their visibility during the campaigns amid fierce competition for the elective posts. Fredrik Lerneryd/AFP via Getty Images

Want to run for office in Kenya? Here’s how much it’ll cost you

The transactional nature of politics reduces opportunities for debate and dialogue between elected officials and their constituents.
In Kenya, rabies is endemic across the country and has been estimated to cause 2,000 deaths annually. Author provided

People will continue to die of rabies if Kenya doesn’t educate healthcare workers

Kenya should improve access to life saving vaccines, and train healthcare workers on patient management and best practices.
A crowd witnesses Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in as Kenya’s president after his re-election in 2017. Andrew Wasike/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Money, influence and heroism: the allure of political power in Kenya

Politics is turning into a playground for the country’s elite in the absence of other avenues through which to rise to fame – and fortune.
Women line up to collect water in their buckets in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi. Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images

A deep data dive reveals extent of unequal water provision in Nairobi

The manner in which people access water differs according to income. People in high- and middle- income areas tend to have piped connections in their homes.
Higher temperatures cause drought, and can lead to food insecurity. Guido Dingemans, De Eindredactie/GettyImages

Extreme heat hurts human health. Its effects must be mitigated – urgently

Many of the temperatures presently being recorded in Africa, and those projected in the next decade, are already close to the limits of human survival, or “liveability”.

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