As the first case of Covid-19 has yet been recorded in the Kakuma Refugee Camps, this project will educate people in the refugee camps on Covid-19 and how it affects people. This will include the methods to contain the virus including hand washing, hygiene, masks, and social distancing. Soap, masks, and sanitary napkins will be distributed to vulnerable refugee families. These proactive measures will help to contain the virus if and when it enters the camp.
The Kakuma and Kalobeyei Refugee camps in dry northwestern Kenya have 194,000 refugees from various surrounding countries. These include South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Burundi, and Ethiopia. At present there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the camps. To keep the virus from entering the camps where it would quickly spread because of the close living quarters, lack of water, and poor living conditions, the camps are currently closed as no one is allowed to enter or leave.
Before the camp was closed, two women from the Kakuma Sewing Group that TCSC has previously trained attended a seminar in Nairobi on how to sew reusable sanitary napkins and make homemade liquid detergent. They have also learned to make masks. Then our teams of volunteers will provide vital awareness raising on Covid-19 and training in hand washing, hygiene, and social distancing so that the refugees know how to respond before the virus infects the camp in order to keep it from spreading.
As the Covid-19 virus enters the refugee camps, which is quite likely as it spreads throughout Kenya, people will need beforehand to understand the virus and how it spreads. They will need to know the methods needed to keep the virus from spreading to other family members and their neighbors. They will need items such as soap and masks to implement proper health requirements. With these preventive measures already in place, any exposure to the virus can be more easily contained.