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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Beldina Opiyo-Omolo

Kenya’s third largest city, Kisumu, serves as a trading and transportation hub for west- ern Kenya and bears the dubious distinction of having Kenya’s worst set of health indicators and one of the nation’s highest poverty levels.

While much work lies ahead for Kisumu to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the City, in coordination with major development partners and the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), have been working on numerous efforts to upgrade the City’s slums, vital infrastructure and the quality of its social services, and to improve the opportunities in the climate for private sector development.

The following report provides a brief, historical overview of the work conducted by MCI and its partner organizations in Kisumu from 2006 through 2014, as well as details on recent activities in a variety of sectors.

As MCI’s work comes to a close this year, we are hopeful that the momentum and progress generated through many of these interventions will be sustainable, so that these programs may continue to enhance the delivery of critical social services, spur growth and better the quality of life for the City’s residents. 

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