In Kenya 46% of the population is under the poverty line and nearly a quarter of Kenya's population lives on less then $1 per day.
- Adding insult to injury the food available for consumption is not a balanced diet and as a result this demographic is prone to malnutrition and related illnesses. In some districts, a quarter of all children are acutely malnourished.
- Kenya has recently experienced drastic climatic changes and as a result suffered its effects that have lead to drought, insufficient harvest, ultimately hunger and death. Consequently, the president of Kenya His Excellency Mwai Kibaki declared hunger a national disaster. This is a big blow given that Kenya has an agriculture based economy. More than half a million people in drought-affected districts need emergency water supplies.
- 9 out of 10 children in poverty fail to complete their basic education
- An estimated 10,000 to 30,000 children have been caught up in the commercial sex trade
- HIV/AIDS prevalence was 7.8% in ages 15-49. HIV/AIDS is a pandemic that accounts for a large percent of additional complications (i.e. increase in number of orphans, widows and child headed families etc.) This has also significantly contributed to poverty, disease and a fragile balance on health.
- Female genital mutilation remains commonplace in Kenya, affecting nearly a third of all women ages 15-49
- Kenya houses refugees from various African states but most especially significant is Somalia refugees who are fleeing from the continuous violence, hunger and disease in their homeland. This increases both prevalence and incidence of diseases that have almost been eliminated in Kenya therefore creating a new crisis.