Kenya Profile

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General Facts:

Population: 45.545.980 Million

Official Languages: English,  and Swahili

Further Languages: chidigo, chidiruma, daasanach, burji, borana, aweer, arabic-omani

Kenyan Government: The Government of the Republic of Kenya is the national government of the republic of Kenya which constitutes of 47 Counties, each county with its own semi-autonomous governments. The national government is composed of three arms: the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Each arm is independent of the other and their individual roles are set by the Constitution of Kenya..

Capitals Province: Nairobi

Large Cities:  Mombasa, kisumu Nakuru, Eldoret

Area: 224,962 m2

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Currency: Kenyan shilling (official for government) and many unofficial currencies, e.g. U.S dollars, British Pound etc.

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Crime & Security: There is a moderate level of crime, including armed robberies targeting foreign residents. Make sure your accommodation is secure at all times. Mugging,carjacking pick pocketing and jewellery theft are common in city centers, especially after dark. and when leaving banks and cash points. Don’t carry large amounts of cash. People travelling around alone maybe more vulnerable to crime.

Kenyan Police Service Contact Number:   020 272 4154, 020 355 6771

Economy:

The economy of Kenya Kenya’s economy is market-based with a few state-owned infrastructure enterprises and maintains a liberalised external trade system. unemployment The country is generally perceived as Eastern and central Africa’s hub for Financial, Communication and Transportation services. Major industries include: agriculture, forestry and fishing, mining and minerals, industrial manufacturing, energy, tourism and financial services. As of 2015 estimates, Kenya had a GDP of $69.977 making it the 72nd largest economy in the world. Per capita GDP was estimated at $1,587..

Education in Kenya: Kenya has always placed education as a priority at all levels, promoting it as a key indicator for social and economic development. At independence there were fewer than 900 000 Kenyan children attending primary school but by 1992, the number had grown to 5.53 million (UNESCO, 2008c). At independence there were 6056 primary schools and 891 000 students enrolled in school. By 1990, there were over 14 690 primary schools, about five million students, and 200 000 trained teachers. The teacher/student ratio in 1991 and 1992 was reported to be 1:31. Further, proportion of girls in school had grown to about 50% (UNESCO, 2008). Despite a high attrition rate in secondary school, enrolments at this level have steadily been growing.

 

Emergency Contact Numbers:

Ambulance 020-3950000
Fire Nairobi 020-2234559

Kenyan Police Cell phone: 999

 Disability:  

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament; the Persons with Disabilities Act No. 14 of 2003 and set up in November 2004.

The Council representation is drawn from key government Ministries and organizations of/for persons with disabilities. however, people with disabilities face a lot of challenges when it comes to facilities

Food:

The undeniable most common Kenyan food staple is ugali – usually made from cornmeal that is added to boiling water and heated until it turns into a dense block of cornmeal paste. Ugali has the consistency of a grainy dough and the heaviness of a brick.

 

 Famous Tea:

Tea was first introduced in Kenya in 1903 by GWL Caine and was planted in present-day Limuru. Commercialisation of tea started in 1924 and since then the nation became a major producer of black tea. Currently Kenya is ranked third behind China and India in tea production. Kenyan tea is also one of the top foreign exchange earners, alongside tourism, horticulture, and Kenyan coffee.

Health tips for Travellers:

Travelers to kenya who are coming from infected countries require a yellow
fever vaccination certificate. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B,
and typhoid are recommended. A high prevalence of AIDS/HIV exists Kenya.

Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas.

Mosquitoesare chloroquine resistant. Precautions against mosquito bites should be
taken to avoid any number of mosquito-borne diseases.

Visitors are advised to take food and hygiene precautions.  

Read more: .

 

Hospitals: Best Hospitals of Kenya

Ebola Safety

Health alert

The department has been monitoring the EVD outbreak through updates
provided by NICD, Promed, World Health Organisation and the United States Centre
for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Health Department said.

Key facts about Ebola: WHO

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe,
often fatal illness in humans.

EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90% EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rain forests.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild
animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human
transmission.

Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

For further information, service, alerts and advice, visit travel clinic website

HIV/Aids

Kenya has the fourth-largest HIV epidemic in the world with 1.6 million people living with HIV in 2013. Roughly 58,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same year although this dropped by 32% between 2009 and 2013.
There are now 1.1 million children orphaned by AIDS.
The first case of HIV in Kenya was detected in 1984, and by the mid-1990s it was one of the major causes of mortality in the country putting huge demands on the healthcare system as well as the economy. HIV prevalence peaked at 10.5% in 1996, and had fallen to 6% by 2013 mainly due to the rapid scaling up of antiretroviral treatment (ART)
– See more at: http://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/sub-saharan-africa/kenya#sthash.wpXwchC4.dpuf

Malaria

Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, avoid being outside at night as far as
possible as the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost
exclusively after dark. Always use mosquito repellent, wear light-coloured long
pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes at night, and sleep under a
mosquito net in endemic areas.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Wherever your travels may take you, you will be able to find a hotel in Kenya
that suits your needs. Among the resorts and hotels that are listed, you will be able to stay close to the attractions that you are visiting.

Smoking: 

Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas in most public places and workplaces. It is unclear whether smoking is prohibited in most means of public transport, including trains, buses, taxis, and aircraft. 

Transport

There are around 25,000 matatus (minibuses), which constitute the bulk of the country’s public transport system.

Once the largest bus company in Kenya, Kenya Bus Services, ran into financial difficulties, forcing them to reduce the number of buses operated. They are currently operating minibuses within Nairobi city, although new, smaller, city buses offering passengers higher standards of comfort and safety have been introduced on some inner-city routes.

Public Transport

Rail travel

The rail system is developed and the kenyan railways corporation is responsible for managing that sector.

Air travel

The air travel system in kenya is very developed with the most famous airline company of the country being kenyan airlines.

Further exists between the major cities Bus transport with different companies
like:  Crown bus company & Modern Coast !

In all major cities exist meter taxis & shuttle services and wide range of

Rent a Car companies like : Avis , Europcar 

Visa Application: https://www.kenyaembassy.com/dcservices/appforvisaonline.aspx/

Requirements: You do not NEED the Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate if you enter Kenya from the UK, Europe or North America. It is recommended by health authorities but is not compulsory.

It is your choice whether to have it or not. You will not be asked for the certificate if you go directly to Kenya from the UK, Europe or North America and you will never be asked for the certificate on your return trip to these locations.

You will need the certificate if you travel from Kenya to other countries in the Yellow Fever belt such as other sub-Saharan African countries. Certain countries with tropical climates, for example Australia, India, and Thailand for example, will demand the certificate on entry if you have visited a country in the Yellow Fever belt, such as Kenya, within the previous six days.  (Updated Jan. 23, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

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