Nairobi, Kenya - In one of Nairobi's most dangerous slums, Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide has set up a nutrition clinic to fight widespread hunger. Over half of the 10,000 households in Korogocho do not have enough food, according to Christine Fernandes of the Urban Nutrition Program at Concern Worldwide. One patient at the clinic said she had been feeding her child one meal a day for three months - this is not an uncommon situation in her neighborhood, she says.
Severe drought throughout East Africa has caused food prices to sky rocket far beyond what many families in the slums can afford. Concern operates clinics in slums like Korogocho to pick up the slack, providing food for children and expecting mothers according to a voucher system. Every Friday, crowds of mothers and their children show up to the clinic for a weekly checkup and food distribution.