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ICROSS for the last 30 years has prioritized respiratory tract infection because it remains the biggest killer in Kenya, we have seen life expectancy fall by 10 years primarily because of HIV related infections these are the second major cause of death in Kenya as you can see from our strategic plan 2015-2020 diarrhea malnutrition and malaria are also are the center of our health programme these are all among the top 10 causes of death in Kenya in 2016. The vast majority of Kenya are under 15 years old and we need an effective strategic policy to bring Kenya life expectancy up to standards of other countries.
In 1960 Kenya life expectancy was 46 years while we have seen great improvement we are still decades behind other countries. A large part of this problem still remain HIV related cause of death. For over 30 years ICROSS has been fighting to reduce HIV in Kenya in partnership with global fund and other major donors.
HIV still remains a serious and immediate crisis the average Kenyan will know of at least three deaths. While we have seen massive improvements in Africa HIV is causing life expectancy to fall with over a million deaths every year. We must remember in 2016 that a thousand children are infected with HIV every day most in sub Saharan Africa, less than a quarter of these children are treated.
There are over 25 million Africans infected with HIV living in Africa (70% of the world total), with 90% of all HIV children living in sub-Sahara while there has been great successes over the last 25years. It is unwise for us to lose interest. Funding for HIV in Africa is falling because many countries fell that the problem is now resolved.