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COVID Response

Kidogo's Response to the Global Pandemic

Covid-19 in Kenya
Current Situation in Kenya
  • As of August 2021, there have been 230,794 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 215,374 recovered patients and 4,564 related deaths.

  • On June 29th, the Government of Kenya announced continued restrictions in response to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions are primarily focused on 13 counties declared a “hotspot zone” – specifically Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori. Restrictions for the “hotspot zone” include:

    • A curfew enforced from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. 

    • Movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged, except for essential and emergency services.

    • Non-food and livestock markets are suspended.

    • Employers are advised to allow employees to work from home.

    • All physical and worship gatherings are suspended. 

    • Country-wide restrictions include:

    • A curfew enforced from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

    • The continued prohibition against political gatherings and all public gatherings.

    • Places of worship may only use one-third of their normal capacity.

    • All funerals must be held within 72 hours after the confirmation of death, and no more than 100 people may attend a funeral.

    • Weddings, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies may have no more than 100 people attending.

    • Hospitals must restrict visitors to one individual per patient.​

    • Mandatory wearing of masks in public remains in effect. The government will not provide services to individuals not wearing a mask;

    • International flights resumed on August 1, 2020. Domestic air travel resumed on July 15, 2020 under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines;

    • There are no inland border crossings except for commercial trucks.

While these types of restrictions are common globally, the socio-economic challenges in Kenya makes this crisis even more precarious for the low-income families Kidogo serves.

  • Up to 80% of the population is employed in the informal sector, rely on daily income to survive

  • 60% of Nairobi’s population lives in densely populated informal settlements (slums) where physical distancing is effectively impossible

Kidogo's Response
The Kidogo team has worked tirelessly to respond to the public health crisis and the resulting economic crisis.  In particular, the following initiatives were launched to support vulnerable children & families in the communities where we work:
Stimulation
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Play Packs

To ensure children continue to play and learn during the closures, Kidogo provided play materials, resources for parents, and age appropriate home-learning guides. Distributed 61,241 playpacks 

Health
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Handwashing

Recognizing the importance of handwashing in curbing the spread of the virus, Kidogo partnered with Lifebuoy to provide free soap to families and replenish handwashing supplies for all daycares

Nutrition
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Micronutrients

With malnutrition & stunting rates already increasing, Kidogo began distributing micronutrient supplements to at-risk children, and providing support for daycare feeding programs. 

91% of malnourished targeted children recovered

Parenting
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Digital Caregiver

Kidogo has expanded our various digital platforms (SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook) to provide tips, tricks, reminders, and 1-1 support to parents with young children during this difficult time