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Ugenya, KenyaThe Ugenya Youth and Community Development Project notes that while mortality rates from COVID-19 has been low in Kenya compared to the rest of the world, the pandemic has had a large impact on the lives and livelihoods of many communities, particularly the community we serve in the Dandora slums of Nairobi. Many families reported having been not able to afford food to take care of themselves having lost their means of livelihoods. Acquiring masks for prevention has also been a challenge including hand washing soap.

For the last eight months, Ugenya Youth and Community Development Project mobilized funds from donors to reach populations living with HIV/AIDS in slum areas in Nairobi. Responding to the economic impact of the pandemic and related food insecurity, we have been distributing food parcels to cushion the families from the effects of COVID-19.

To support prevention efforts, we have also been distributing masks and providing psychosocial support, particularly to children and women. Over 500 households have been reached with this efforts.

Moving forward, we plan to develop income-generating activities for vulnerable women; this includes soap making and mask sewing. We will organize trainings for groups of women to produce products for sale that work toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in addition to generating income.

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Contact: Daniel Steven Rateng,


In the lead-up to UHC Day 2020 (“Health for All: Protect Everyone”), we are highlighting how CSEM member organizations are contributing to ensure the COVID-19 response protects everyone and keeping momentum going for universal health coverage amid the crisis. See more.

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