Responses from the fourth round of COVID-19 data collection in five Nairobi informal settlements are described in this brief. On June 13–16, 2020, phone interviews with 1,529 adults were completed. Results suggest that people are relaxing restrictions on mobility and moving more freely three months into the pandemic. While perceived risk of coronavirus has stayed about the same, the proportion that said they are at high risk because they interact with a lot of people jumped up since May, the proportion reporting they avoid public transportation decreased, and the proportion saying they are staying indoors more also decreased. Stigma is reducing, although it remains high. The feasibility of caring for mild COVID-19 patients in the home is low, and the acceptability of care in community facilities needs to be improved. Mental health indicators are concerning: about half of participants say they felt little interest or pleasure in doing things they normally do, and about half also say they feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Economic and food security crises continue to be a major concern.
"Kenya: COVID-19 perceptions, stigma and impact—Responses from fourth round of data collection in five Nairobi informal settlements (Kibera, Huruma, Kariobangi, Dandora, and Mathare)," COVID-19 Research & Evaluations brief. Nairobi: Population Council, 2020.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic