Conversations in Development: Improving Health in Kenya’s Urban Slums

Poverty, poor health and overcrowding are some of the many challenges facing communities in Kenya’s urban slums, or informal settlements. Jane Otai knows these issues firsthand. Raised in a slum in Nairobi, Jane is now a senior program advisor for global health nonprofit Jhpiego, where she helps educate women and girls on reproductive health and family planning. Jane recently sat down with BurnessGlobal’s Michelle Geis in Nairobi to discuss her motivation for working in the slums and what she sees as the world’s most urgent development priority.

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