Western Kenya integrated COVID19 response leveraging community health strategy, youth and technology to flatten the curve and improve COVID19 case detection, isolation and management in Western Kenya

Grant number: 221407/Z/20/Z

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    Wellcome Trust
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  • Research Location

    Kenya, Africa
  • Lead Research Institution

    Surgical Systems Research Group
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    Policies for public health, disease control & community resilience

  • Research Subcategory

    Community engagement

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Global COVID19 infections have risen to close to 2 million with epicenters in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Africa was initially spared; however, this is changing rapidly. As of 12/4/20, 52 of the 54 African states have declared cases of COVID19, with a total of 13'814 cases and 747 deaths. Given the high prevalence of endemic diseases, chronic conflict, and fragile health systems, the potential devastation is immense. However, with early action, going big, fast, and focusing on community interventions, Africa can change its COVID19 trajectory. As of 12/4/20, Kenya reported a total of 197 cases with 7 deaths. Infections are moving towards Western Kenya. Siaya reported its first COVID19 related death on 12/4/20. Testing kits remain scarce, and the region has a total of 12 ICU beds. The status quo would lead to 70% of the population being infected with COVID19, 5% would require ventilatory support (25'000 patients in Kisumu and 35'000 patients in Siaya), overwhelming the health system. We will implement aggressive containment & prevention measures leveraging community health workers, youth, and technology and optimizing the care of patients with an integrated COVID19 response; to save lives

Publicationslinked via Europe PMC

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The effectiveness of community health worker training, equipping, and deployment in reducing COVID-19 infections and deaths in rural Western Kenya: A comparison of two counties.

Global youth advocating for COVID-19 vaccines for all.

An integrated rural health system baseline assessment of COVID-19 preparedness in Siaya Kenya

Leveraging latent assets to strengthen the COVID-19 response and vaccine roll-out in Africa.