Nineteen counties are set to benefit a Sh300 million Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme provided by the EU in Kenya.
Among the counties that will benefit are Nairobi, Machakos, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kitui, Laikipia, Nakuru, Nyeri and Uasin Gishu.
During the launch of the programme on Wednesday, EU Deputy Ambassador Katrin Hagemann said at last 80,000 slum dwellers in Nairobi will benefit from the cash for three months.
She said this is because the city has more than 50 per cent of the country’s infections.
“The EU stands with Kenya during this challenging period and recognises the severe impact Covid-19 has o people’s lives. The Amref and Nairobi Metropolitan Services programme will make a real difference to local communities in Nairobi’s informal settlements most affected by the outbreak,” Hagemann said.
She added that with EU’s support, Amref Kenya will strengthen inclusive and gender responsive community engagement for management and control of Covid-19 at the county level.
Amref Health Africa Group CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi said the EU partnership will assist county governments build capacity through training health workers.
He also noted that it would also improve infection prevention and control measures by helping dispose of masks and waste.
“The Sh40 million is a grant for about six months, which is a very short time as the pandemic is moving very rapidly. So it is a very agile process,” he said.