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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mali – Kenya

22 Jul 2020

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The “Citizen Mobilization for Zero Coronavirus in Mali” project in Bamako and several other regions aims to support the fight against COVID-19. Credit: MINUSMA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 22 July 2020

Mali: COVID-19 update and response

There is a high risk of the coronavirus spreading in Mali, as the health system there has been weakened by conflict and insecurity. As of 17 July, 2,475 COVID-19 cases have been reported, including 121 deaths.

The UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response efforts by scaling up of tests, strengthening of awareness-raising activities, and providing medical supplies and personal protective equipment for medical staff.

Last week, UN aid agencies provided medical and hygiene supplies to the health sector, including oxygen ventilators, laboratory kits, hospital beds, mattresses, lab coats, stretchers, surgical masks, drugs, soaps, handwashing devices, and three prefabricated rooms for hospitalization of COVID-19 patients.

The UN and humanitarian partners have reached approximately 1.5 million people with information on COVID-19 prevention, and nearly 330,000 people have received essential hygiene kits and water and sanitation services. Some 122 health-care centres, 257 public places and 50 schools were provided with handwashing facilities. More than 1,100 health workers have been trained in infection prevention.

In addition, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reports that they are implementing a “Citizen Mobilization for Zero Coronavirus in Mali” project in Bamako and several other regions in collaboration with partners. The project aims to support the fight against COVID-19 by involving civil society organizations and benefiting from a network of 180 peace ambassadors and bloggers to raise awareness via community radio stations, public displays in six languages and loudspeakers in public places, reaching more than 6,000 beneficiaries.

Kenya: COVID-19 update and response

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 15 March in Kenya, the pandemic has rapidly spread in the country. As of 20 July, 13,771 cases have been reported, including 250 deaths. 

The UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response efforts, including contact tracing, case management, community mobilization and health promotion.

The UN and health partners have distributed 550 sets of personal protective equipment to support health-care workers and supported at least 580 health facilities with infection prevention and control materials.

More than 80,000 children have been provided with learning materials and nearly 25,000 children have been provided with soap, hand sanitizers, and provision and improvement of latrines and handwashing facilities.

About 9,000 households have been provided with life-saving food assistance for a period of two months and 390,000 vulnerable Kenyans were supported to diversify and improve their livelihoods.

Cash transfers to more than 1,100 households were disbursed, targeting 13 informal settlements affected by COVID-19 in Nairobi on 30 June.

More than 40,000 cartons of ready-to-use therapeutic food has been procured, while more than 12,000 cartons are under procurement to reach an additional 12,000 severely malnourished children.

The UN and humanitarian partners have also provided water, sanitation and hygiene services for 127,000 people, including delivery of 10,000 handwashing stations for vulnerable households. In addition, newly developed water and rehabilitation sources have served nearly 436,000 people in counties outside Nairobi, while more than 415,000 people have been reached with water trucking.

The UN and humanitarian partners launched an emergency appeal, as part of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, to support the Government’s response to the pandemic and its impact on vulnerable populations, seeking nearly US$260 million.