Stories: Nairobi

  • Kenya’s Climb to the Contraceptive Summit

    Kenya is far more than the sum of its health statistics, of course. I've been here only a few days but have experienced amazing hospitality and kindness, vibrant cities, gorgeous lush countryside, and certainly a feeling that while life is unbelievably difficult for many in the country, there's tremendous potential for change. Still, you can't ignore the...

  • Com fome, país luta contra AIDS

    Read an English translation. "O HIV é um desastre nacional". São palavras do  Dr. Bashir M. Issak, diretor da Divisão de Saúde Reprodutiva do Ministério da Saúde Pública e Santária do Quênia. Ele se refere aos tempos mais drásticos em...

  • The Pumwani Maternity Ward

    Today we visited a maternity ward in a poor area of Nairobi to get a sense of the scale of the population explosion in Kenya, and the level of care for this population. The charge for maternity care at this hospital is 3,000 shillings for a normal birth, and 6,000 shillings for a C-section, plus 400 shillings per day for room charges....

  • What Am I Actually Doing Here?

    Sunday: I sit at the airport in Zürich. There is still one hour until our flight departs to Nairobi. Next to me is a group of young women, perhaps 18 to 20 years old. Americans. I quickly realize that they will be taking the same flight, but will continue on to Dar es-Salaam. Before I can ask myself what they...

  • How Are You?

    Expecting social, political and economic degradation in an African slum is akin to saying it’s wet when it rains. Everyone knows the continent is the poorest, most abused, and most underdeveloped on the planet. But Kibera, the largest sub-Saharan slum, embedded in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, frightens even the most prepared visitors. It is a hell under...

  • How Are You? (Portuguese)

    Read an English translation. Esperar ver desgraça social, política e econômica numa favela da África soa como chover no molhado. Todo (o) mundo sabe que o continente é o mais pobre, judiado e subdesenvolvido do planeta. Mas Kibera, a maior 'slum' subsaariana, encravada na capital do Quênia, Nairobi, é de...

  • A Stroll Through Africa’s Largest and Poorest Slum

    I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, around midnight of Sunday, June 17, 2012. A few hours later I was headed for Africa’s most talked-about slum in company of other bloggers from around the world. Kenya and Nigeria share a lot in common, politically and socially, and I was hoping to use the opportunity of the trip put together by the...

  • What Women Want

    Much like India, Kenya makes excellent laws very efficiently and then fails to implement them as efficiently. As a result of the government's spectacular failure to ensure men are not more equal than women, many women continue to live under the shadow of violence. One in five women in Kenya -- 21%-- experience sexual violence both within and...

  • Kenya’s Kibera Slum

    The International Reporting Project took us to the Kibera slum today. Everyone here says it's the largest slum in the world (though Wikipedia says it's third), and we heard presentations from youth groups, Doctors Without Borders, and others. We also broke into small groups and interviewed families, about half of whom were HIV positive. We were free...

  • Crowded House: Living and Dreaming in Kibera

    Breakfast at Lord Delamere Terrace at Nairobi's historic Norfolk Hotel is delightfully charming. Named after the eccentric British colonialist Lord Delamere (1870-1931) who infamously jumped his horse over dining tables on a whim one summer, the gabled hotel -- since it was set up in 1904 -- has been a hub for settlers and adventurers out to explore east Africa. ...