This essay collates news and public discourse identified by members of the Research Data KE Working Group that are of interest to thinking about the COVID19 epidemic in/from/about Kenya. We are particularly interested in archiving and tracking how media and other public channels are discussing the epidemic in order to identify relevant research resources and translate our individual experiences and data into collective knowledge that can support communities. We plan to use this information to better identify and collate existing qualitative/ethnographic research resources across diverse thematic areas relevant to thinking about and working on the COVID 19 global pandemic. We are collaborating on this project with the Transnational STS COVID-19 Project.

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Research Data KE Working Group Members

Updated as of March 31, 2020. Listed alphabetically by last name.

Priyanka deSouza

Urban planner, data scientist who has worked in Kenya on air pollution. PhD researcher at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Set up a low-...Read more

Research Data KE Working Group Collaboration Agreement

In applying to participate in this group, I recognize that:

1) The project is designed to create public knowledge resources and new methods and infrastructures for creating such resources. As such, it depends on deep cooperation among participants, openness to...Read more

PECE 101 Resources

How to upload an artifact: How to annotate an artifact: Here is some guidance as to how to think about PECE Here is a tutorial I ran in April 2019 for people learning how to use PECE: https...Read more

Visualising COVID-19 in Kenya

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"Wear a Mask": COVID-19 prevention sign outside butchery in rural Kenya

This sign was posted on a glass window of a butchery in a Kenyan rural town (Nyeri). The butchery uses English to remind customers of accepted COVID-19 prevention protocols with the sign reminding the reader to wear a face mask. This message reflects an adoption and acceptance of disease prevention communication even in a rural context.

COVID-19 prevention sign outside butchery in rural Kenya

These posters were posted on the entry door of a butchery in rural Kenya (Nyeri). The top sign refers to anyone with COVID-19 as a 'suspect' who is unwelcome in the butchery. The bottom sign provides directions in graphical form for how to wash one's hands, just above a container with fresh water. It is set outside for customers to wash their hands before they enter the butchery. The hostility and caution reflected in the two signs reflect the multiple, sometimes contrasting views held towards the coronavirus pandemic. The signs indicate an acceptance and recognition of the pandemic's spread and reach, as well as a stigmatisation of those infected with the virus.

Public Narratives

These artifacts have circulated either on Kenyan mainstream or social media and we believe are relevant to understanding how the public is interpreting & experiencing COVID19 and its effects in Kenya.

Emerging Observations

Found Research/Data

These are existing and newly created research reports and data which we identified as possibly insightful for understanding Kenyan experiences of COVID19. They may or may not be explicitly about COVID-19.