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Schooling outcomes among orphans in Nairobi

Rose Towett, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Kanyiva Muindi, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

The number of AIDS orphans in sub Saharan Africa will continue to grow or remain high for a long time, even if the prevalence stabilizers or begins to decline. Kenya has experienced an increase in the proportion of orphans from 9% in 1998 to 11% in 2003. With the deepening poverty in SubSaharan Africa, the dramatic increase in the number of orphans in many countries has had a toll on the economies. This study looks at the effect of orphanhood on schooling in Nairobi. Orphanhood is likely to reduce living standards of a large number of children and further worsen the poverty situation of several countries and would have enormous consequences for the futures of these countries. A longitudinal data set of 5-19 year-olds will be used. Data will be analyzed using logistic regression methods. The results will inform policy on ways of improving outcomes of orphaned children.

Presented in Session 49: Other Emerging Issues in Population in Eastern Africa