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State of Kenya population

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The State of Kenya Population Report, 2020focused on getting to zero harmful practices with a special focus on mar- riage and motherhood in childhood; Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and son preference. During the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, Kenya made commitments towards accelerating the promise on zero harmful practices and committed to eliminating, by 2030, all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV), including child and forced marriages, by addressing social and cultural norms that propagate the practice while providing support to women and girls who have been affected

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Against My Will

State of World Population Report

Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are subjected to practices that harm them physically or psychologically, or both, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities.

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Policy Brief on COVID-19 and Older Persons COVID-19, How Safe are Kenya’s Older Persons May 2020

Technical Reports and Document

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a serious respiratory viral infection caused by a novel corona virus recently named as SARS-COV2 (MOH, 2020). Identified in December 2019 in China’s Wuhan city, Hubei province, COVID-19 mainly causes upper and lower respiratory tract infec- tions. The infection has spread rapidly, affecting almost every country in the world and resulting in more than 5 million infections and three hundred thousand deaths by mid May 2020. Evidence from countries with a high number of COVID-19 related deaths shows older persons to be more at risk.

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Report on Ageing, Older Person and Covid-19 pandemicTwitter chat

Technical Reports and Document

COVID-19 was declared as global pandemic by World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. The global trends show that the older persons aged 65 years and above and persons with pre- existing health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes among others are more susceptible to the disease. The data also shows that men are more likely to contract the virus than women.

The confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 infection in Kenya was announced by the Ministry of Health on 13 th March 2020. By 14 th April 2020; 8,717 persons have been tested out of whom 216 persons have tested positive for coronavirus disease. Among them, 15 are aged 60 years and above, 138 are aged 30-59 years, 58 are aged 15-29 years and 5 are aged0-5 years. To this date 41 of those who have tested positive have recovered and discharged from hospital and nine (9) persons have succumbed to the disease. 2331 contacts have been monitored out of whom 1,729 have been discharged and 602 are currently being monitored.

Consequently, the Government of Kenya declared the disease as a national emergency. Based on the high transmission rate of the Coronavirus, the government has put in place various measure to curb the spread of the disease. The measures included, keeping social distance, watching of hands, wearing masks in public places, reduction by half the number of persons that can be carried by private and public transport vehicles, curfew from 7pm to 5am, and restriction of movement in and out of Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties and Nairobi metropolitan. The government has also identified several health facilities that will be utilized as isolation and treatment centers and other facilities as quarantine centers.

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Report on Youth Voices twitter chat

Technical Reports and Document

The world is currently grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely stretched the health care systems of most countries and significantly compromised the social and economic order at micro and macro levels. One of the greatest con- stituency at risk of infection is the young people. Concerns continue to be raised on the low risk perception among young people as evidenced by incidences of breach or circumvention of preven- tive measures such as physical distancing and staying at home where possible. Similarly, the disruption of education with the closure of schools also comes with possible Sexual and Reproduc- tive Health and Rights (SRHR)

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Report on the Twitter Chat on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Informal Settlement

Technical Reports and Document

The world is currently grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely stretched the health care systems of most countries and significantly compromised the social and economic order at micro and macro levels. As it stands, there are an estimated 4,200,953 confirmed cases of COVID 19 globally, with 284,150 deaths and 1,502,591 recoveries. In Kenya, there have been 672 confirmed cases, 32 deaths and 41 recoveries as of 14th May 2020. Whereas the burden remains relatively low compared to other countries of the globe, the risk of community infection remains significantly high and this is corroborated by the Ministry of Health which links all recent cases to community infections.

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Report on Twitter Chat on International Day of the Midwife

Technical Reports and Document

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” As the world grapples with the grave challenge being posed by the coronavirus that is sweeping the world, women continue to get preg- nant, and babies are still being born. Midwives as the primary caregivers are working tirelessly in communities, health centers, hospital wards and in women’s homes under difficult circumstances, often risking their own lives and well-being.

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Report on Twitter Chat on Zero preventable Maternal Deaths

Technical Reports and Document

The WHO declared the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID19) a pandemic spreading to over 200 countries and territories in the world. In Kenya, the first case was reported on 13 th March 2020 and like many countries across the globe, the gov- ernment put in measures and interventions to curtail the spread of the virus and mitigating the socio-economic effects of COVID19 response. Some of the measures such as the nationwide dusk to dawn curfew has negatively impacted access to essential health services particularly emergency obstetric and newborn care.

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Report on Twitter Chat for People with Disabilities

Technical Reports and Document

Persons with disabilities are likely to be disproportionately affected by COVID 19 due to a variety of barri- ers in accessing information on prevention of COVID 19 and hygiene practices and to various extends their dependence on physical contact with the environment and others for support.

Certain impairments may also dispose PWDs to risk factors such as respiratory conditions. As noted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas, "People with disabilities feel they have been left behind. Containment measures, such as social distancing and self-iso- lation, may be impossible for those who rely on the support of others to eat, dress and bathe".

One of the gaps that has been noted is lack of information on the numbers of PWD that have been directly affected or impacted by COVID 19.

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West Pokot Flood victims relief supplies

Safety and Dignity for Flood Survivors in West Pokot County, Kenya

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UNFPA Kenya today joined the West Pokot Governor, Kenya Red Cross Society
(KCRS) and other partners during the handover of houses, dignity kits, mattresses and
other household items to flood survivors in West Pokot County.
The floods have displaced over 100,000 persons and claimed 116 lives, according to
reports from the Disaster Operations Centre. Many of the displaced households are
living in camps.

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