UNV Stories From The Field 31st August 2020

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COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted peoples lives and health systems the world over, challenging the attainment of Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal 3 for all.
As part of the 50 fast responders to COVID-19 deployed by UNDP to bolster county health responsiveness, UN health volunteers Ms. Mary Waweru - Clinical Officer, Mr. Eric Wafula Nursing Officer and Mr. Peter Mwangi Nursing Officer; are serving Kiambu County.
Kiambu is a highland county in the former Central Province. It enjoys a warm and temperate climate which supports various agricultural activities. Due to its proximity to Nairobi, it is experiencing rapid urbanization and growth. Kiambu Town, which lies within the Nairobi Metropolitan region, is its capital.
Responding to a pandemic of this nature, requires a multi-sectoral and gender-sensitive approaches leaving no one behind. Besides the provision and facilitation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers, there is an identified unmet need dignity hygiene kits for women in COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facilities.
UN Women in collaboration with the Council of Governors (CoG) is working to strengthen county governments capacity to adequately integrate gender perspectives in the management of quarantine facilities in response to COVID-19. Notably in provision and distribution of dignity hygiene products (for menstrual hygiene) for adolescents, young women and adult women in the reproductive age within quarantine/isolation facilities.
UNVs Mary, Eric and Peter have been instrumental in distributing these kits to Thika Level-5 Hospital, Kiambu Level-5 Hospital and at Kiambu County COVID-19 Centre Limuru (KCC-19CL) in Kiambu County. This initiative ensures that no woman lacks basic hygiene items even when away from home and family, to boast their morale and help in their recovery journey.
As these three-brave health frontliners help their community go through the pandemic, they cannot overemphasize the need to comply to COVID-19 protocols.
This [pandemic] is a great learning moment in the community, that we need to take precaution keep social distance, regularly wash hands and wear facemasks and take care of our elderly and sick. Mary Waweru, Clinical Officer
Sector: Health
County: Kiambu
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