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Kenya gets KES21.8b to tackle problems

10 September 2013, 15:29

Nairobi - Kenya has received KES 21.8 billion from World Bank to fight rampant social and health problems.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, said most of the funds would be channeled to alleviating poverty within the rural communities and the vulnerable in society.

He said the loan would also boost efforts to tackle unemployment and diseases.

More than 4 million Kenyans, mostly in the rural areas, are widely believed to be experiencing daily food shortages, diseases and unemployed.

“Orphans, the elderly and persons living in the arid and semi-arid areas form the largest category of those severely affected by poverty.

"This category of persons is prone to hunger as a result of droughts and floods. They are excluded from mainstream economic activities, are denied education and health facilities, and basic needs," said Rotich.

World Bank Country Director in Kenya, Diarietou Gaye, said the Bretton Woods institution pledged his organisation’s dedication to help Kenya tackle prevailing challenges but also faced funding shortfalls.

 - CAJ News

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