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Submitted by Wolfgang on
Dear Ann, thank you for your insightful questions. On your first question, it is right that traditional challenge of communicable disease remains important. Even though for example malaria- and AIDS-related deaths are declining, they are still too high. As Kenya’s economy modernizes and people live longer the country will need to go through a "dual burden" of health care provision as non-communicable diseases will be on the rise (cancer, diabetes, etc.) as you correctly highlight. On your second question, Kenya can benefit from the demographic opportunity if the government manages it well. For example, infrastructure remains a big challenge as well as the investment climate to attract manufacturing companies to produce at the coast. But many countries have done it before and a population that lives longer does help in becoming economically more successful! Best regards Wolfgang