Misplaced priorities: Poor sanitation costs Kenya 27 Billion Shillings (US$ 324 million)


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Misplaced priorities: Poor sanitation costs Kenya 27 Billion Shillings (US$ 324 million)

Dear colleagues,

Poor sanitation costs Kenya 27 Billion Shillings (US$ 324 million). This sum is the equivalent of US$ 8 per person in Kenya per year or 0.9% of the national GDP.

According to the Nation, leading newspaper in Kenya, Kenya is incurring the largest economic loss in East Africa due to poor sanitation.

Apparently Kenya is yet to honour its commitment to the Abuja Declaration that requires African countries to allocate 15% of their budget to the health sector more than a decade since the commitment was made. The report notes that Kenya currently invests no more than 0.5 percent of national income in sanitation.

We know about the impact of poor sanitation on economies but these are really staggering figures!

Please read the full article here: www.nation.co.ke/business/news/Kenya+los.../5quody/-/index.html

Attached you will find the WSP brochure that was quoted by the newspaper.In addition, you can get the economic figures for other African countries here:


I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.

Best regards,

Doreen Mbalo

GIZ Sustainable Sanitation Programme
Policy Advisor in Bonn, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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