Poverty, Life or Death
Every month about 20 percent of Kenya’s population or 9 million people, experience an illness. About 7.8 million of these individuals will seek care at one of over 10,000 facilities in Kenya. And around 120,000 Kenyans will be hospitalized (2013 Kenya Household Health Expenditure and Utilisation Survey – KHHEUS). For both patients and providers, there is struggle in this churn of illness and care seeking – the uncertainty and worry that accompanies disease, the difficulty of finding money to pay for care, caring for patients when staff, medicines or equipment are in short supply, coping with the loss of a loved one.