Kenya National Communication and Community Engagement Strategy for Coronavirus

The overall goal of this strategy is to effectively coordinate Kenyan national and county communications and community engagement activities to prevent the spread of the disease, build trust in the leaders and health workers to provide accurate information and essential services, and encourage communities’ active participation in supporting the risk reduction and response measures.

Specifically, the communication strategy is designed to enhance:

  1. Coordination: Strengthen coordination and information management structures across government ministries (health, agricultural, ICT and more) and county governments as well as with development partners and private sector entities to promote an efficient and holistic approach to addressing the multifaceted impacts of the pandemic.
  2. Effective Messages: Amplify key public health awareness messages and catalyze conversations with communities to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially for the highest risk groups, and ensure people still go to health facilities for essential services. In addition, mobilize formal and informal leaders to share accurate information.
  3. Two-Way Communication: Promote two-way communication with communities to reduce fear, misconceptions, and stigma; to understand risk perceptions, knowledge gaps and provide accurate information tailored for diverse audiences and channels throughout the pandemic response period. These efforts will be crucial in supporting advocacy for responsive county and national efforts.
  4. Health Worker Preparedness and Capacity: Ensure health workers and community health workers have the key information and tools to effectively provide accurate information in a way that is respectful of people’s fears, grief and other psychosocial concerns.
  5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research: Establish strong monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for measuring national, county and community levels outcomes.

Source: Kenya National Communication and Community Engagement Strategy for Coronavirus

    COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

    This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks technical guidance about COVID-19 and lists useful job aids for health workers.  The tracker offers a brief description of each piece of guidance/job aid, a link to where it can be found, and the topic which it covers.

    Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

      COVID-19 Educational Videos (Spanish)

      This is a set of videos developed for the Latino population in Knox County, TN, intended to address misinformation about COVID-19 as well as main communication needs. Topics and themes have been developed based on community input and feedback. Topics include: symptoms of COVID-19, basic actions to keep oneself safe, face mask use, etc.

      Source: COVID-19 Educational Videos (Spanish)

      • Liliana Burbano
      • liliana.burbano@knoxcounty.org

      COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker

      This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks reports, presentations, documents, and other tools which are being accumulated as new information about COVID-19 in Kenya is published. Several topics include: gender, PWD, informal settlement, COVID response/survey, wildlife, malnutrition, etc.

      Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker

        COVID-19 Kenya – Media Coverage Tracker

        This tracker, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, follows media coverage of COVID-19 in Kenya, offering information about the source, topic, and author. Several key topics the tracker covers include: economics, innovation, gender-based violence, aid, response, risk factors, etc.

          COVID-19 Kenya – IEC Materials and Campaigns Tracker

          This tracker lists over 100 COVID-19 social and behavior change materials produced in Kenya and in other countries.

          The list includes posters, pamphlets, radio ads, television ads, videos, posters, memes, and other media produced to introduce various aspects of COVID-19 to the public.

          Source: COVID-19 Kenya – IEC Materials and Campaigns Tracker

            Free E-books for Children About Coronavirus

            The New York City School Library System website has a page which offers a large collection of free e-books for children about COVID-19. The books are from many countries, in a selection of languages.  All of the books are free to download from the site.

            Source: Free E-books for Children about Coronavirus

              COVID-19 Digital Classroom

              The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is a collective of international organizations who wish to provide access to high-quality healthcare.

              Since populations around the world need rapid, coordinated, and focused support to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, patients in countries with limited preparedness and response resources are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Sharp increases in COVID-19 caseloads are likely to overwhelm health systems in countries already facing shortages of nurses, physicians, and other health workers.

              Community-based health workers need access to high-quality and easy-to-use information that will help increase their ability to treat and support patients and to deliver health services safely.

              The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is leveraging digital technologies and existing content distribution channels to ensure every health worker has the information they need to help their own communities, wherever in the world they are providing care, from city centers to the last mile.

              Source: COVID-19 Digital Classroom

                A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

                Since January 2020, WHO has published more than 100 documents about COVID-19. Of these, more than half are detailed technical guidance, on how to find and test cases, how to provide safe and appropriate care for people depending on the severity of their illness, how to trace and quarantine contacts, how to prevent transmission from one person to another, how to protect health care workers, and how to help communities to respond appropriately.

                This page offers a summary of some of the documents WHO has developed for COVID-19 and how they can be used.

                Source: A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

                  Videos for Youth on Handwashing, Coughing, and Physical Distancing

                  These videos were produced to show young people the importance of physical distancing, elbow coughing, and handwashing.

                  Source: Videos for Youth on Handwashing, Coughing, and Physical Distancing