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
In accordance with the government, small, physically distanced gatherings have been allowed and Community Health Volunteers with the proper protection are able to visit families and offer education and supplies to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.
Currently, 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. Pregnant and nursing women have difficulties in accessing health care services, specifically antenatal care and postnatal care. Children have also defaulted on their immunization schedules, putting them in danger of a weakened immune system.
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. The World Renew model has been adopted by other local partners as the example of safe and effective community support during COVID-19. World Renew is in a process of re-designing programs that have been highly affected by the pandemic in order to maintain the gains and carry on to sustainability.
World Renew is supporting SUCA farmers in Nakuru in a similar manner, and we are extending the same approach in Busia and Turkana on a smaller scale. This approach has fostered more collaboration & coordination with the government and other stakeholders. World Renew is also coming alongside these farmers by enhancing our extension services, helping farmers access small animals, vegetable gardens and market access during the COVID pandemic. The small animals and vegetable gardens will help supplement income and provide improved nutrition for families during this time.