Network seeks to build better in bid to fight diseases in urban settlements

Nairobi, 11 April 2019—A meeting bringing together scientists and built environment specialists has been told that Africa had 200 million malaria cases and 403,000 deaths from the same in 2017. This means that Africa accounted for 92% of the global malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths, the meeting was further informed.

The two day conference was held under the auspices of BOVA (building-out vector-borne diseases) network. BOVA is an interdisciplinary network focusing on preventing vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and zika  through improving the built environment.


UN-Habitat collaboration with Kisumu County Government to strengthen municipal finance and local economic development

Nairobi, April 5, 2019 – The County Government of Kisumu, Kenya and UN-Habitat have committed to strengthening their collaboration on initiatives to improve municipal finance, revenue generation and local economic development. UN-Habitat will provide the County Government of Kisumu with a facilitation grant to bolster its revenue base by adopting enhanced municipal finance and revenue collection mechanisms. This collaboration marks an important milestone in UN-Habitat’s work in Kenya.


Refugees and local residents study, play and live together at Kalobeyei Integrated Refugee Settlement

Kalobeyei, Turkana West, Kenya March 2019 – Two months ago, strong winds blew down the flimsy white tent that Perine Nadai and her children had called home since fleeing fighting in South Sudan two years ago. They were left with just the dirt floor and a concrete slab for them all to sleep on.

“We just need to get our tent back,” said Perine who was breastfeeding her youngest. “We are fine to stay here otherwise although life isn’t easy.”