The Sanitation Crisis in Kenya's Slums

A lack of toilets and sewer lines in the country's informal settlements has led to a hazardous health and safety situation.

  • Kenya:  Human Waste Woes in the Slums (analysis)

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 27 December 2012

    The odour of human waste is unbearable at the pit latrine behind Nancy Anyango's house in Manyatta, a sprawling slum in the western city of Kisumu. Nearby, a heap of rotting ... read more »

A toilet in Kenya's Mukuru slum

  • Kenya:  Living With Sewage Inside a Kibera House

    Capital FM, 10 December 2012

    A familiar Congolese tune blares out onto the street. The source a shack made out of iron sheets painted blue; the owner selling music CDs. Similar structures populate both sides ... read more »

  • Kenya:  The Liquid Gold, Brown Cake of Mukuru Slum (opinion)

    The Star, 24 November 2012

    "Take a left off Mombasa Road onto Enterprise, drive for about 300 metres until the Kobil. Turn right, first left then head for the brick godown." read more »

  • Kenya:  World Toilet Day - Improving Life in the Slums

    The Star, 19 November 2012

    A few years ago, walking in the sprawling informal settlement in Nairobi was a delicate balance between dodging flying toilets and circumventing murky mountains of garbage strewn ... read more »

  • Kenya:  20 Per Cent Miss School in Kisumu Town Slums

    The Star, 15 December 2012

    MORE than 60 per cent of Kisumu city residents live in extreme poverty, a Millennium Cities Initiative report says. A survey conducted randomly in selected household shows that ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Effort to Rid Kibera of 'Flying Toilets'

    Capital FM, 24 July 2012

    With an estimated population of over two million people, Kibera slum is said to have one pit latrine for every 50 to 500 people. read more »

  • Kenya:  Why Upgrading of Slums Has Flopped (opinion)

    The Star, 19 March 2012

    The president recently launched another phase of the Kibera slum upgrading project which entails the construction of 900 housing units, 230 business stalls, a nursery school, a ... read more »

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