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UN pledges Ksh310 M towards COVID-19 emergency fund in Kenya

UN, other agencies commit Ksh300 M towards COVID-19 emergency fund in Kenya

Development partners and the United Nation have agreed to mobilise Ksh310m to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as part of the UN’s response to the impact of the virus in Kenya.

The UN said they have agreed to mobilize $3.1m of funds committed to a devolution support project towards rapid measures to mitigate the impact of the virus.

The money will be directed to the healthcare system, building the resilience of vulnerable populations, social protection, and advocating for the rights of women to prevent an increase in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and marginalization of women during the epidemic.

They also conquered on an initial six-month work plan to strengthen Kenya’s response to the pandemic at both National and the County-levels.

The interventions, which have been formulated in line with the COVID-19 Contingency Plan developed by the Government of Kenya include advocacy and outreach to prevent an increase in Gender-Based Violence (GBV), cash transfers to build the resilience of vulnerable populations, procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health facilities, the deployment of experienced medical personnel to the counties, and support to national and county governments for business continuity and enhancement of human capital.

“We are living in extraordinary times: recognizing the reality of the current situation, today we are adapting this devolution support programme to better assist Kenyans in the fight against COVID-19.“ Said Walid Badawi, United Nations Development Programme (UNSP) Resident Representative in Kenya.

UNDP will lead in the development and dissemination of  World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance-based messaging through radio, TV, bulk SMS and social media while UNICEF will sensitize target populations on best practices around water, sanitation and hygiene.

UN Women will undertake advocacy work to prevent an increase in GBV and marginalization of women during the Covid-19 period.

UN has already redeployed $45m and over 70 staff and volunteers to support the Government of Kenya in its response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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