Global Snapshots - Kenya: coping with a history of corruption
- By: David Blane
Kenya is a fine example of a country which, at first glance, may appear like paradise: from golden sands and clear blue ocean, to herds of wildebeest and sprawling savannah it makes the perfect tourist destination. But on closer inspection, Kenya is struggling to cope with a post-colonial history of government corruption and deep rooted tribal rivalries. Poverty, inequality, and unemployment are endemic. The basic infrastructure--roads, telephones, railways, and the electricity supply--is in disrepair.1 The same is true of the country's healthcare system.
There is a mix of private and public health care on offer. The Ministry of Health has built a pyramidal health referral system extending from the Kenyatta National Hospital in the capital, Nairobi, through provincial and district hospitals to rural health centres in major towns and dispensaries in most rural locations. Much of the time, however, the resources and medicines are simply not available.
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