KENYA'S COVID19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
This is an information resource dedicated to sharing information and updates on initiatives being undertaken by the SDG Kenya Forum and Its members.
In many African countries, the COVID19 pandemic is still an unfolding story right now. It is already disrupting millions of people’s livelihoods – especially for poor households and small and informal businesses.
WHO has categorized African nations into priority groups based on transport connections between countries and China. Kenya has been identified as a Level 1 country for the COVID19 disease by the US Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s 3 level classification); Level 1 basically means: Practice usual precautions to keep yourself from getting sick if traveling to the country; Level 3 means: Avoidance of all non-essential travel. Based on both classification, Kenya ranks as a top priority country, alongside others such as Algeria, Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
WHO IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE?
COVID19 response mechanisms by the members of the SDG Kenya Forum
AMREF HEALTH AFRICA
AMREF Health Africa in Kenya is complementing the Government’s and Ministry of Health in Kenya efforts towards controlling the COVID 19 pandemic. AMREF is leveraging the innovative mobile technology, LEAP to train community health workers to identify, isolate and refer suspected cases as well as maintain safety standards at points of entry or high-risk areas to prevent possible transmission.
THE GREEN STRING NETWORK (GSN)
The Green String Network (GSN) Africa is a multi-disciplinary team of peace builders, community development workers, psychologists, police officers and researchers designing trauma-informed interventions and methods for their evaluation.
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response to COVID 19 has been to develop child-friendly tools to communicate information on the virus. This niche has given children more context to the news relayed in traditional media relating what it means to them and to involve their voices in the conversation to find out what they would expect, both from their parents as well as the government.
Racheal Mwikali is a grassroots women rights and feminist activist and leader of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders, a social movement for the grassroots activists and human rights defenders in Kenya.
DR. ELIZABETH WALA
Dr Elizabeth Wala, co-chair at the SDGs Kenya Forum, is the Programme Director for Health Systems Strengthening at Amref Health Africa in Kenya. She is also the Vice Chair at the Kenya Health Federation (KHF) for the period 2018 to 2022.
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