Facts About the Turkana Culture

Turkana County is located in north western Kenya bordering Marsabit county to the east, Samburu county to the south east, and Baringo and West Pokot county to the south, to the South-west and also Boardering Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia Countries.

 Area (Km 2): 77,000 km2 Climate/Weather: Warm and hot climate, unreliable rainfall pattern ranging between 300mm and 400mm per annum

 Road Network: Bitumen Surface (319.2 Km), Gravel Surface (296.7 Km), Earth Surface (2030.5 Km)

 Key National Monument(s): Lake Turkana National Park

Population of Turkana County

 Population: 855,399 (Male – 52 %, Female – 48 %)

Population Density: 6.9 people per Km 2

 National Percentage:  2.2 %

 Annual Growth Rate: Not Available

 Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.0%), 15-64 years (51.6 %), 65+ years (2.4%)

Number of Households: 123,192

 Government Turkana County

County Capital:  Lodwar Town

 Number of Constituencies (2015): 6 (Turkana North, Turkana Central, Turkana West, Loima, Turkana East and Turkana South)

 Registered Voters: 116,816

 National percentage: 1.0 %

Number of Sub-Counties (2015):  6 (Turkana Central, Turkana North, Turkana South, Turkana West, Turkana East, Loima)

 Number of Local Authorities (2015):  2 (Municipal council of Lodwar, County Council of Turkana)

Economy of Turkana County

 Poverty Level:  95% of population live below poverty line

 Age Dependency Ratio: 89.4

Resources:  Natural (gemstones and saltlicks, gold – dormant, wildlife, Lake Turkana, Turkwell Dam)

 Tourist Attractions: Lake Turkana National Park, Loiyangalani Desert Museum

 Financial Services:  3 Commercial Banks, 2 Micro-finance Institutions

 Main Economic Activities/industries: Livestock farming and trade, fishing, weaving, and tourism

 Agricultural products: Sorghum, Maize


 Education in Turkana County

 Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (202), Secondary (19)

 Primary: Enrolment (122,883)

 Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 51

 Secondary: Enrolment (48,004)

 Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 27.7 (Public Schools)

 Tertiary: At least 2 Institutions

 Adult Literacy Classes: Enrolment (562)

 Health in Turkana County

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (91), Health Centres (6), Medical Clinics (19), Health Programs (3) Others (3)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1:52,434

 Infant Mortality Rates: 60/1000

 Under Five Mortality Rates: 12/1000

 Prevalent Diseases: Malnutrition

 Notable Hospitals: Lodwar, Katilu, and Lokitaung District Hospitals

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