Map of KenyaFollowing the infectious disease outbreak in December 2019, Kenya was put on a COVID-19 high alert and prioritized for preparedness by the World Health Organization (WHO). In preparation, the country developed the National 2019 Novel Corona Virus Contingency (Readiness & Early Response) Plan in February 2020. This led to establishment of the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC). Comprised of multiple government agencies, the NERC had the mandate of coordinating the country’s preparedness and response mechanisms to control the spread of the virus and to minimize its impact on health systems in Kenya. The NERC met regularly to provide policy direction on response efforts.

[SOURCE: Kenya’s Experience: Factors Enabling and Impeding the COVID-19 Response. Mwakisha et al., Health Promotion Practice, 2023, ]

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