Kenya faces enormous challenges. While absolute poverty declined to 46.1% in 2006, it is still higher than in Tanzania and Uganda. Climate change and population growth has also increased Kenya’s vulnerability to drought with the country experiencing frequent emergencies.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
World Renew is in the second year of implementing a 4-year maternal and child health project in Kenya. The current challenges faced by the project beneficiaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic include reduced freedom of movement and income. The pregnant and delivered women have difficulties in accessing health care services, namely antenatal care and postnatal care. Children have also defaulted on their immunization schedules, putting them in danger lowering their immunity.
In response, World Renew’s team in Kenya is partnering with our International Disaster Response team and Growing Hope Globally to build on the current project and prevent human-to-human transmission of COVID-19, by communicating critical risks, countering misinformation, reducing infections among close contacts and health care workers, preventing transmission amplification events and educating communities regarding physical distancing.