How can communities drive COVID-19 response?
COVID-19 is no longer the traveler’s disease, it is now transmitted at the community level. A community driven response is therefore inevitable. AICS has been at the forefront of sharing information to build capacity of various stakeholders responding to COVID-19, especially in low income settings,
Follow this page for updates on how our model community driven COVID-19 intervention is evolving, lessons learnt and how you get involved. The model project is implemented by AICS and partners (Kamili Organization and Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicapped) in Kajiado, Nairobi, Meru Counties. This funded by the Open Society Foundation and Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA)..
The consortium of KAIH, Kamili and AICS jointly implementing above project, recognize the threat to life and livelihood posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are aware that persons with mental disability, who we serve, have greater vulnerability to the virus.
While we are taking measures to keep our staff and beneficiaries safe through encouraging stay home, we have identified gaps in the response by both national and county governments. We have conducted COVID-19 risk assessment on PWMD; held consultations with representatives of county health management teams in our project sites (Meru and Kajiado County) and identified additional intervention required to enhance their protection. The risks, action required and estimated cost are summarized in the table below.
We recognise the limited access to information in forms that are easy use by PWMD (including non-verbal visual cards for use by caregivers). We are responding by adopting existing Information, Education and Communication Material for general public with emphasis on care for PWMD in COVID19 context.
There is limited sensitivity training and psychosocial support for health care workers and caregivers of PWMD. To address this gap, we have develop a recorded video training material for use in Continuous Medical Education (CME) sessions. This is to be integrated in Kenya healthcare workers e-learning hub.
You can access the video and reuse them for training of healthcare workers and other frontline workers in your community
Support surveillance, reporting, case management and community care support system (includes for PWMD released from institutional care – prisons and health facilities such as Mathari) are essential in protecting most vulnerable populations.
We are enhancing protection of organizing training sessions at community level for Community Health Workers and local administration leaders (Chiefs) in Kajiado and Meru Counties; and digitizing Ministry of Health data collection forms used by Community health worerks (MoH Form 513 and 514). In addition, we are training for caregivers in households pre-identified by this project (60 in Meru, 4 in Kajiado and 155 in Nairobi County) @ one-day training and linking the PWMD in the project to government support system for basic needs and stock of medication.