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24 July 2020 - News

KENYA COVID-19 RESPONSE WEEKLY UPDATE #5 May 8, 2020

SITUATION UPDATE

Kenya’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 621, since the first one was reported on March 13. The the total number of recoveries have risen to 197 and the death toll in Kenya now stands at 29. The government has also banned movement in two hotspots in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area and Mombasa’s Old Town. Kenya has also been hard hit with flooding with the government recording 194 deaths.

Kenya Ministry of Health officials conducting a COVID-19 sensitization in Nairobi Informal settlements

Save the Children Kenya Response

Save the Children Kenya office is responding to the primary and secondary impact of COVID-19 focusing on urban informal settlements, Arid and Semi-Arid counties and the Daadab Refugee camp. We are implementing interventions focused on preparedness and response in health, nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), child protection, education in emergency and food security and livelihoods.

Key Achievements this Week
Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

COVID-19 key messages were mainstreamed in the integrated health and nutrition outreaches done through door-to-door model in Turkana and in Mandera counties. Risk communication is also conducted through public adress system- where a health communicator uses a megaphone and goes around the villages, WhatsApp, print messages and radio. We are supporting COVID-19 response committee virtual meetings in Bugoma and Busia counties where the focus is on community surveillance and service continuity.

Child Protection and Education

We continue to provide remote and in-person counselling and psychosocial support for 21 children and supporting case management for 77 children in Daadab Refugee Camp. We continued to support radio sessions for learners in Daadab Refugee camp through radio Gargar.

Health and Nutrition

We continued to conduct Health and Nutrition integrated outreaches, in Mandera and Turkana, counties reaching 916 children and 2,016 pregnant and lactating women.
We also distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in Nairobi (Starehe and Ruaraka sub county) including masks and gloves. Also, 4 thermogenesis were donated to Turkana North. In Dadaab10 boxes of gloves and masks were donated to the community including hygiene materials (Dettol and Omo soaps) to 20 families.
We provided technical support to the Division of Community Health to develop 2020-2024 community health strategy in Bungoma. We supported the distribution of vaccines across all sub counties in Wajir in order to support the continual provision of vaccination services.
Technical meetings that we attended include the IMNCI Zoom call on diarrhea and pneumonia management in Nairobi and a county community technical group call with other partners to inform the support in Nairobi metropolis. The Sub County Health Management Team appreciated Save the Children for the good work in Kibera and Mathare slums.

Water, Hygiene and Sanitation

We supported emergency water trucking to two rural health facilities in Ijara sub-county in Garissa; Kerio and Nakurio health facilities, and Nangolekuruk communities in Turkana counties.
We also Commissioned four rehabilitated broken down boreholes in Turkana Central.

Food Security and Livelihood
We distributed animal feeds and seeds to vulnerable communities. COVID-19 remote data collection was done in Kerio Ward in Turkana county reaching all 110 households (approximate population 660 people) that received our seed distribution in Nadoto, Loriamatet and Lotukumo.

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Advocacy for increased financing on COVID-19: in Bungoma county, we held an engagement meeting on COVID-19 response with the health committee of the county assembly of Bungoma; and another with the budget committee. The two meetings, which were held separately at our office, had a purpose of advocating for increased financing for the response as well as sharing key information on strengthening provision of health services and discussing how the pandemic is likely to impact on the general population of Bungoma county. The key recommendations included ensuring continuity of health services and establishment of ward based coordination mechanisms.
Conducted a rapid assessment “pulse check” on the views / feelings of children on the pandemic. We intend to reach out to more than 300 children in all our areas of operation.The exercise will be finalized in the month of May. We conducted a webinar with the Ministry of Health and health journalists from around the country on the impact of COVID-19 and children. The webinar is part of a 2 part series to improve and increase reporting of stories on the impact of the pandemic on children.
We also shared a press release on how the most marginalised children will bear the brunt for unprecedented school closures.

REACH FIGURES: The total reach figure is 148, 094 for the period ending 7 May, 2020.

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CHALLENGES
1.Operating under restricted movements has caused some delays in service provision.
2.The necessity to ensure front line staff are adequately protected increases the cost of doing business.
3.Negotiations with members and donors on approval of portfolio adaptations has slowed down the response.
4.The funding environment is very tight and very few opportunities for COVID-19 funding

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