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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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.
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.
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.
How is COVID-19 knowledge and expertise moving across national borders? How are researchers outside dominant institutions of knowledge production organising? What new collaborations and synergies are being formed? How are they working?
What data infrastructure supports efforts to understand and respond to COVID-19? What data is being generated to better understand COVID-19 and where is it being stored/analyzed/collected and to what effects?
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.