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Kenya

Highlights Last Updated: 03 Jul 2020

  • Increased testing capacity has led to a 71 per cent rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in two weeks: from 3,727 on 15 June to 6,366 on 30 June.
  • Lack of sufficient personal protective equipment and delays in lab results, particularly in Busia and Mombasa counties, are among key challenges to the COVID-19 response.
  • Partners are scaling up cash transfers to vulnerable households in informal settlements as COVID-19 restrictions impact access to informal employment, food and essential services.
  • About 95,000 people displaced by floods, landslides and localized conflicts have received temporary shelter and non-food items.
  • The number of counties reporting the desert locust invasion has reduced from 28 to 2 counties: Marsabit and Turkana. Turkana is the epicentre with more than 200 hopper bands.
Save the Children
Save the Children distributes infection prevention supplies, including chlorine, sanitizers, gloves, sprayers and surgical masks to health-care facilities in informal settlements in Nairobi.

 


Country profile

The COVID-19 pandemic—which is occurring against a backdrop of increased humanitarian needs due to back-to-back drought, floods and a locust upsurge—will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities across Kenya, particularly for the urban poor, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Some 56 per cent of Kenya’s urban population live in informal settlements. There are about 19.5 million poor people in Kenya (14 million in rural areas, 1.3 million peri-urban and 4.2 million core-urban and informal settlements). Female-headed households constitute 30.2 per cent of the poor population. Hunger, malnutrition, pneumonia and other forms of health-related shocks and stresses compound vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya hosts an estimated 488,867 refugees and asylum seekers; 44 per cent of whom (217,139 people) are in Dadaab, 40 per cent (193,429) in Kakuma and Kalobeyei Settlement, and 16 per cent (78,299) in urban areas, according to UNHCR.

[April 2020]