Families often share 10×10 foot homes, residents travel to school and work through narrow alleyways and tightly packed buses, and without a sewered wastewater system, neighbors are forced to share pit latrines with dozens of other community members.
In these conditions, social distancing and self-isolation are virtually impossible.
Economic challenges further compound public health challenges. Already living on less than $2 per day on average, more than 80% of residents have experienced a partial or complete loss of income since the start of the pandemic. Financial insecurity paired with widespread misinformation leads to poor health-seeking behaviors and further impedes an effective pandemic response.
In October 2021, our Tabitha Medical Clinic became one of the first facilities in Kibera approved to distribute COVID-19 vaccines (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer). To date, we have administered over 4,000 vaccines. We have also supported the Kenya Ministry of Health to reach 5,800+ people in Kiambu and Nairobi counties who may have otherwise been unable to access the vaccine. See our work in action.