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27 July 2020 - News


Save the Children team delivering PPEs in health facilities in Nairobi


Kenya has 2,340 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 78 fatalities out of 87,698 samples tested so far. The Ministry of Health is in the process of actualizing home and community based care protocols that will allow positive patients to be managed from home .
The country has also been hit by a cholera outbreak that has since claimed 13 deaths, 12 in Marsabit and one in Turkana county. This comes
in the wake of Turkana reporting its first COVID-19 case.

The unfolding of the locust infestation remains extremely alarming in Kenya according to UN OCHA as the country continues to face an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods. New swarms will form from mid-June onwards, coinciding with the start of the harvest.

Save the Children Kenya Response

Save the Children Kenya office is responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 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
Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

We continue to support RCCE as a member of the national COVID-19 IEC development committee.We supported communication of COVID-19 messaging through radio shows and use of public adress systems along the highway in Bungoma and Busia reaching approximately 184,500 people. We also conducted radio talk shows on awareness of COVID-19 and increasing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) concerns in Dadaab Refugee camp.
Save the Children team delivering PPEs in health facilities in Nairobi
Save the Children Kenya office is responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

The weekly county COVID-19 response meeting by the county health teams continued in both Bungoma and Busia with attendance from all the county and sub county community strategy focal persons, Save the Chidren team and other partners reaching 17 (8 females and 9 males).
Through integrated outreaches, we provided sensitization on COVID-19 and other health and nutrition issues in Wajir and Mandera, reaching 2,144 (890 children (429 boys and 461 girls); 1,254 adults (479 male and 775 females.) Our teams in Wajir also supported home visits and case management for 1,141 reached 326 boys, 313 girls ,256 male and 246 female people in nomadic community units. Social distancing was maintained during outreaches and hand sanitizers were provided.

In Dadaab, community staff moved door-to-door providing sensitization of COVID-19 and through this they reached 721 people (362 males and 359 females). Information provided included: maintaining social distancing and observing personal hygiene by proper handwashing.

Health, Nutrition and WASH

In Garissa county, the MoH requested Save the Children to continue conducting outreaches as they source for funds to support continuation of services for active cases. The current caseload is 48 SAM, 420 MAM and 261 PLW. This request was made during the meeting to discuss our exit plan. We also held discussions with the COVID-19 response committee, which requested partners to support identified gaps such as provision of PPEs, training for health care workers and support supervision.

In Bungoma and Busia, we trained 133 health workers (62 males and 71 females) and CHVs on COVID-19 and distributed 198 masks and 167 hand sanitizers to the participants.
In Wajir, we trained three nomadic and semi nomadic community units of Dambas, Arbajahan and Buna on Income Generating Activities (IGAs). We also conducted health and nutrition integrated outreaches in 52 sites where 1,650 children were reached with immunization (431 boys and 542 girls) services and 1,824 (883 boys and 941 girls) with treatment of minor ailments. 132 women received FP services and 313 pregnant women received antenatal care services (ANC) and nutrition services.

In Mandera we conducted integrated health and nutrition outreaches, where 194 boys and 296 girls were screened or malnutrition and vitamin A supplements given to 114 boys and 150 girls. We also offered immunizations services to 126 boys and 307 girls and 199 boys and 301 girls under 5years were treated for childhood illnesses. Also, 374 adults (238 males and 136 females) were treated for minor illnesses. ANC services were offered to 89 women and Post Natal Care services (PNC) offered to one woman.
In Turkana North sub county, we also conducted 10 outreaches where we reached 1,763 people including 431 boys and 542 girls and adults 248 male and 542 female. In addition we supported the distribution of vaccines in Turkana North and conducted joint support supervision with MoH to monitor the county’s COVID-19 preparedness. A training for 30 CHVs (17 male and 13 female) from five community units in Kerio sub-county on IYCF/MIYCN-e was concluded. Teams also monitored the use of mother led MUAC in Loima sub county.
In Nairobi, given the increase of COVID-19 cases in Kibra slums we participated in the Informal Settlements Group meeting. In an effort to ensure continued access to routine child health services, we ae currently supporting defaulter tracing for Immunization services in Kibra. We also conducted sensitization meetings on Malezi Bora and COVID-19 for 32 people (7 male and 25 female) in Ruaraka and Starehe sub counties that targetted mainly Nutritionists and Nurses from facilities in and around Mathare informal settlement.
On WASH, distribution of Non Food Items (NFIs) for floods affected households is ongoing for 300 households. The NFIs consists of blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulin sheet, sleeping mat, hand washing bucket and bar soaps.
The rehabilitation of the Napak borehole in Turkana was completed.

Child Protection and Education

Save the children continued to respond to children with protection concerns in Dadaab, through case management follow up, provision of psychosocial support and counselling to 246 (117 boys, 129 girls) in Dadaab. Over the same period, we registered 29 (16 boys, 13 girls) new child protection cases and closed 47 (31 boys and 16 girls) cases. Support to learning in Dadaab continued with radio lessons through radio Gargar, whereby 83 (51 males and 32 female) learners were able to call in to answer and ask questions.
To ensure our 24 staffs (20 males and 4 female) frontline caseworkers, who are community members, are safe as they reach out to support the children, we distributed PPEs (200 pieces of masks and gloves) for them to use as they go about their daily work.

Food Security and Livelihood

We are focusing on a Youth Employability Project where youth will be engaged in soap and mask making as a way to support them during the COVID-19 period. We are also exploring cash transfers for some of the most vulnerable household in Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi.



Wajir County Government allocates USD 300,000 to support vulnerable households.
In Wajir, Save the Children has been engaging in advocacy through the Wajir County Child Rights Network (CRN). We supported the CRN to develop and submit two memos to the County government of Wajir The County has allocated 300 Million shillings (USD 300,000) to cushion vulnerable households within the county from the effects of COVID-19. This will go a long way in cushioning poor household. We shall continue to lobby for budgetary allocations to emergency response initiatives even beyond the pandemic.

Kenyan children Voices of on COVID-19 pandemic and inform the Pan-African Policy brief
Save the Children collected views from 300 children from 3 target counties of Bungoma, Wajir and Turkana. The purpose of the exercise was to understand the children’s level of awareness about COVID-19 and how to deal with it, their perception of the government and its decisions with regards to COVID-19, how they foresee the future of their education during 2020 and finally how they expect non-state actors like Save the Children to respond. The exercise revealed that children from as early as six years had a good understanding of COVID-19. It is important to note that the exercise happened even before the target counties reported cases of infections. Most of the children interviewed were concerned about their education. The children implored the government and non-state actors to step up efforts of ensuring that households are provided with clean water, protective equipment like masks and also public education on the virus. We have since used the messages from the views collected our social media platforms besides shaping our positions in the different advocacy documents that we have developed including a memo to the Education Committee that was constituted to advise on re-opening of schools. Three children were selected to present their views to inform the Pan-African Policy brief that has been developed by Save the Children and will be presented to the African Union on 8th June. We also intend to use the document/ findings on 16th June during the Day of the African Child celebrations.


1.Disrupted supply chain for essential suppliers such as personal protective equipment resulting to prolonged procument time and market being flooded with sub-standard supplies.
2.Ethnic clashes in Mandera North has caused suspension of programme nutrition outreach activities.
3.Confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps has led to increased government restriction of movement into and out Garissa and Turkana Counties affecting our staff and activities.