Mortality among street connected children and youth in western Kenya

Embleton L, Ayuku D, Makori D, Kamanda A, Braitstein P. “Mortality among street connected children and youth in western Kenya: a retrospective case series”. BMC Health and Human Rights. 2018 May 15;18(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s12914-018-0160-8. PMID: 29764412

Abstract: Street-connected young people carry a disproportionate burden of morbidities, and engage in a variety of practices that may heighten their risk of premature mortality, yet there are currently no reports in the literature on the rates or risk factors for mortality among them, nor on their causes of death. In low- and middle-income countries they are frequently in situations that violate their human rights, likely contributing to their increased burden of morbidities and vulnerability to mortality. We thus sought to describe the number of deaths annually, causes of death, and determine the number of deaths attributable to HIV among street-connected young people aged 0 to 30 years in Eldoret, Kenya.