BBC: Microcephaly in Kenya - 'These children have a right to live'

11 January, 2019

'A school in Kenya is rescuing children with microcephaly, who are considered a curse by many local communities.' (3-minute video)

'In the coastal town of Kilifi in Kenya, an abnormally large number of children are born with microcephaly - a condition that leads to improper development of the brain causing an abnormally small head.

'Many local communities believe that the children are outcasts who cause natural calamities and are often left to die.

'But a school in Kifili town is doing what it can to rescue these children and give them a chance to live a happy life.'

Best wishes, Neil

CHIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and assistant moderator of the CHIFA forum. He is current chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, which supports 700 communities of practice for international development, social justice and global health. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: