This brief presents findings from Round 3 of data collection in five Nairobi informal settlements (Kibera, Huruma, Kariobangi, Dandora, and Mathare). On May 10–11, 2020, phone interviews were completed with 1,750 adults, representing 87% of the original COVID-19 KAPstudy cohort. The average age of respondents was 36 years, and 63 percent were female. Almost all resided in the same location as in the previous interview three weeks prior. Overall, most participants are impacted economically and socially by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing and lockdown policies. Many report losing their source of income while also reporting increased costs of household items and needs as well as worsening household tensions. While more were receiving assistance in May than April, more report that this is not sufficient to meet basic needs. This brief examines knowledge, attitudes, and perceived risk of infection; prevention methods (social distancing/mobility restrictions; wearing face masks; handwashing); effects of and coping with the response to COVID-19 (food security; income/job loss; crime/gender-based violence perceptions; access to and use of health services; receiving assistance); and recommendations.
Population Council. 2020. "Kenya: COVID-19 Perceptions, Prevention Practices, and Impact—Responses from third round of data collection in five Nairobi informal settlements (Kibera, Huruma, Kariobangi, Dandora, and Mathare)," COVID-19 Research & Evaluations. Nairobi: Population Council.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic