COVID-19 has had ripple effects that at some point may be deemed more catastrophic than the epidemic itself. This includes socio-economic, health, psycho-social and even increased Gender based violence effects. Evidently, it has had a disproportionate retrogressive effect on women; their economic health, employment statuses, sexual and reproductive health matters, psychological issues among other effects.
YAWI response:
1) Provide food care packages YAWI together the local community health mobilisers (C.H.M) and community health volunteers (C.H. Vs) identify the needy households while targeting the female headed households, those with already pre-existing conditions, people living with disability, and any other most vulnerable households.
2) Provide hygiene package (water tanks, soap, disinfectants, etc.) as a means of curbing the spread of corona virus. Safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential for protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) provision of domestic water for hand washing and other preventative measures is key. In addition, provision of dignity kits (panties, sanitary towels, bar soaps, disinfectants(JIK)) for to women and girls in informal settlement who are not able to afford them due to economic crisis as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The dignity kits will come in handy to support menstrual hygiene while concurrently supporting the regular washing of hands
3) Capacity building: YAWI in partnership with the ministry of health (M.o.H) enhance capacities of local community women leaders, CHVs on COVID-19 prevention measure, symptoms and seeking information behavior with the aim of making them ambassadors and T.O. Ts within their localities. This address apathy situation as well as change the narrative by locals about COVID-19 infection and response, hence contributing to national goal of flattening the COVID-19 in Kenya.
4) Provision of affordable face masks due to, inaccessibility, unavailability and affordability of disposable masks, Through the already existing economic empowerment/skill development program run by YAWI, 100 women train on mass production and distribution of reusable mask at an affordable rate, to low income earners who are unable to access and afford the non-reusable masks in the market. This way, addressing the high demand of these masks as well as address the economic challenges facing these vulnerable groups.

5) Psychosocial support: Development of a social media campaign on mental health targeting the general population, caregivers of children, persons in self-isolation, and workplaces to support employees with flexible work arrangements. Similarly, identifying and linking person who are stressed due to negative effect on their jobs, family income etc. to psychosocial supporters in the ministry of public health.