Navigating the Impact of COVID-19

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TRANSPORT

Public transport is grappling with finding normalcy in the abnormal

by DR. SAMSON GITAHI

Public transport is an essential service but it is directly contributing to the spreading of Covid-19 infections with indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces. It is assumed that public transport, either through matatus, taxis, or motorcycles, is the conduit for the recent spate of increased spread of the virus with quite many victims contracting the disease while on travel.

EDUCATION

COVID-19 is Rolling Back Gains in the Education Sector

by DR. MERCY MAUKI

Over the past decade, the Government has taken measures aimed at making education accessible to all in Kenya, as well as ensuring that regional special needs and disparities are met. However, the Covid-19 pandemic which led to closures of all schools in Kenya in March has clawed back the gains made by compromising the quality of education and propagated inequality in the provision of the public service.

EDUCATION

Opportunities to Improve Education in the Midst of a Pandemic

by DR. ELISHEBA KIRU

Covid-19 has exposed gaps in Kenya's education infrastructure presenting opportunities for improvements. On June 6 President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the ministries of Education and Health to issue and publish guidelines for reopening of schools in September 2020. He also directed the Ministry of Education to announce the new school calendar in mid-August. Hopefully, things will go according to plan but pertinent issues about long-distance learning have to be addressed.

GOVERNANCE

Clean Affordable Water Services, First Line of Defense Against Covid-19

by DR. NJENGA GITAHI

Water, sanitation and waste management are the first line of defense against Covid-19 as their interactions and counteraction play a critical, even catalytic, role in mitigating its impact on people and the environment thus reducing the viral transmission. According to United Nations, the human rights to water and sanitation are placed under the direct obligations of governments through their water management companies to guarantee universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.

GOVERNANCE

Role of Government in Combating the Covid-19 Pandemic

by DR. FLORENCE KAMAU

The spread of the Coronavirus globally has not only taken a heavy toll on human lives but has also changed the role of governments worldwide in the war against it. Like many other countries around the world, Kenya has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic effect. After the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in Kenya, the Kenyan Government shifted swiftly into response mode and took all the necessary measures to fortify its response mechanisms and contain the spread of COVID-19.

TECHNOLOGY

Digital Communication Kenya in Interventions Against Covid-19

by DR. NJENGA GITAHI

The design and effectiveness of the platforms will make it easier to influence the targeted population, particularly in rural areas.

The right digital tools for collaboration, communication and connectivity during a crisis such as Covid-19 will help promote the mitigation agenda either by state or any other stakeholder. Ironically, Covid-19 has become a critical launchpad and catalyst for digital technology in knowledge management and communication in Kenya.

 

EDUCATION

Challenges of Social Distancing in Basic Education

by DR. WATIRI KANYUTU

As the new COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, many countries, including Kenya, announced school closure as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, recently the government announced that learning could resume in basic education institutions from June, 2020. Whilst the call to reopen schools is an earnest intention to ensure continued learning, the anxiety amongst the Kenyan school community is how to ensure safe and effective learning, especially in the wake of COVID -19 containment measures instituted by the government.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Covid-19 Could Cause Higher Food Shortages than Anticipated

by DR. BARNABAS MUTHUSI

The containment measures of COVID-19 are not only meant to lower the rate of the spread of the disease, but also to prevent health systems from being overwhelmed by an increasing number of positive cases. However, climate change impacts make it difficult to deal with the corona crisis as they add another layer of impact on the already destabilized system.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Coping with the Parallel Threats of COVID-19 and Climate Change

by DR. SARAH ACHOLA

Kenya is simultaneously facing two crises; the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the resultant effects of instituted containment measures and climate change.  The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a global health crisis that has inadvertently caused the shutting down of economies, straining of health systems and a change in the social order.  This has brought to the fore, the inextricable linkage between the health, food, economy and livelihood sectors, the same sectors that are directly and indirectly impacted by climate change.

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Impact of COVID-19 on  the Healthcare System in Kenya

by DR. NCHAFTSO OBONYO

By the time the first case of COVID-19 in Kenya was reported on 12 March 2020, the Ministry of Health already had an Emergency Operations Centre comprising four Rapid Response Teams (RRTs). Each team had five trained medical staff as well as designated telephone communication numbers for members of the pubic to report suspected cases, seek more information on the infection and ask questions.

EDUCATION

The Issues a Long Distance Learning Strategy Must Address

by DR. ELLY KIIRU

COVID-19, a highly infectious respiratory disease has disrupted business as usual everywhere including the education sector. In March 2020, the WHO identified COVID- 19 as a pandemic after it spread to more than 100 countries. On May 5, according to the WHO, global cases over time stood at 3,489,053 and deaths at 241,559. Schools are closed in 191 countries affecting at least 92 per cent of learners. Regular learning in classrooms has paused as many learners and educators have been forced outside their usual classrooms.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Planning in the Face of Disasters: Adjusting to the New Normal

by MORRISON NGARI

Every organization whether for profit or nonprofit , public or private should protect themselves against, prepare for, respond to, and recover when disruptive incidents like the COVID 19 pandemic arise .The management at the top most level must  plan., establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve business continuity system.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Assessing the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Kenya

by DR. AYUB ODIDA

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on human life and brought major disruption to economic activity across the world. The impact of this unprecedented crisis on human life and the global economy reflects the speed and magnitude of the contagion, greater global integration, and the major role that China plays in global supply chains, travel, and commodity markets.

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