Mitigating household psychosocial and economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic in Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya: an initiative by the German Doctors in Kenya

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https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2803

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2019-nCoV, Psychosocial aspect, economic burden, urban slum

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Introduction: The Psychosocial and Economic Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic in Mathare slums were adverse which necessitated mitigation strategies to be employed to cushion the most vulnerable and help them cope with the new “state of affairs”. The pandemic was characterized by a surge in the respiratory infections, unemployment, households going hungry, gender-based violence in families, child abuse cases and increased rates of teenage pregnancy.

Methodology: Retrospective case study design was employed; secondary data from hospital departments were extracted for analysis from March 2020 to December 2021. Interventions in focus were health service provision, Gender based and child abuse services, food distribution, wet-feeding program, business grants and house rent grants.

Results: The most common burden faced by Mathare residents was food insecurity which was mitigated by giving 9,423 Patients’ food baskets while 1423 patients enrolled to the wet feeding program. Gender Based Violence services provided doubled in the year 2021 with physical and emotional violence being more common than sexual violence which was at 6.2%. Child abuse services were provided more in the year 2020 and 96 teenage mothers were assisted to go back to school. About 158 families received rent grants; which was a 30.4% increase from the year 2020. There was a 75.5% increase in the year 2021 of residents who received business grants.

Conclusion: In a pandemic the effects are beyond health hence it is necessary to manage patients comprehensively using a multi-sectorial approach. However it is important to put regulations to avoid overdependence.

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03-12-2023

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Omoto, A. (2023). Mitigating household psychosocial and economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic in Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya: an initiative by the German Doctors in Kenya. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 14(12). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2803

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