Inadequate sanitation in Kenyan slums threatens women’s health and security

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3857
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Women and girls in Nairobi’s slums are living under the constant threat of sexual violence, which often leaves them too scared to leave their houses to use communal toilet and bathroom facilities and puts their health in danger, says a new report by Amnesty International.

    The failure to incorporate the slums in urban plans and budgets has resulted in poor access to services like sanitation with the result that “women in Nairobi’s settlements become prisoners in their own homes at night,” said Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty’s East Africa researcher.

    He added, “They [women] need more privacy than men when going to the toilet or taking a bath and the inaccessibility of facilities …

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