Waste Management and Community Health Amongst the Somali Community in East Leigh Sub Divisio Central Kenya

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Kampala International University, School of Engineering Science
The purpose of this study was to relate waste management to community health, to test the null hypothesis, to confirm or deny the congenital malformations theory by Upton (1989); and to generate new information from the existing ones. The study was in Somali Community of East Leigh Sub-division in the central Kenya, Nairobi. The specific objectives of the study were: to find out the nature of wastes; to identify the waste management systems in the sub-division; to determine the effectiveness of waste management in the area; to determine the level of community health; and to find out whether there was a significant relationship between the two study variables. In the literature, different opinions and ideas of scholars and authors were internalized and articulated so as to bring out a clear understanding of the study concepts. Descriptive correlation design was used in this study and SLOVEN’s formula was used to determine a sample size of 177 respondents from a population of 320. Sampling was done by the use of purposive and simple random sampling. Self-administered questionnaires were used as research instrument and validity and reliability of research instruments were done using Content Validity Index and pre-testing. Ethical and logistic considerations of research were also taken seriously in this research. Data was analyzed through statistical techniques such as mean, correlation matrix and regression model. Research findings portrayed that different natures of wastes in the area were less common (mean=2.50); it was found out that more waste management systems were used at East Leigh sub-division (mean=2.64); waste management in the area was found to be effective (mean=2.53) the level of community health in the area was found to be high (mean=2.53); and lastly, it was also discovered that there is a positive significant relationship between the study variables at (r=0.991, R-Squared value 0.982; Mean Squares 111. 109 and F value of 9.800E3
A Dissertation Presented to the College of Higher Degree and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda; in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management of Kampala International University
Waste Management, Community Health