Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the impact of mitigation measures on dietary diversity and health outcomes in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

Our project will describe the context and barriers of measures instituted by the government to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and its impact on health and nutritional outcomes.

Our justification is that COVID-19 is an emerging threat to all aspects of One Health, and more specifically to the economy, health, and social welfare of those in informal settlements. Therefore, the COVID 19 pandemic, and the reactions, will disrupt local food systems and the ability of households to provide affordable and nutritious diets, hampering the efforts of households and the government to meet SDG 3 on promoting the wellbeing for all.

Our specific aims are to: describe the context and barriers of adopting government initiatives to mitigate COVID-19; assess dietary diversity among household in informal settlement before and after COVID-19 and assess the impact of selected government initiatives to mitigate COVID-19 on dietary diversity and health outcome; to carry out a cross-sectional study among a sample of 174 households with children under-five in Langas ward in Uasin Gishu County.

The overall outcome and findings will allow us to inform the government of the strengths and weaknesses of the current mitigation policies. This information will allow the development of evidence-based policymaking as the pandemic and its management continues.

Susan Keino
Team Lead
Peter Koskei
Team member
Faith Yego
Team member