Urgent recommendations for a people-centred COVID-19 government response in Mathare

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Created Date

June 4, 2020 - 7:45am

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Contributed date

June 11, 2020 - 7:51am

Critical Commentary

The Mathare Special Planning Area Research Collective (MSPARC) provided a people-driven response to how the Corona Virus could be contained and managed within Mathare, a low-income settlement in Nairobi. This document provides a contrast to the top-down guidelines issued by government authorities, and speaks to the particular needs of the Mathare residents including: a reliable supply of clean water, material needs (e.g. food), the need for food and water, the inclusion of local residents and youth in disease control and prevention, ensuring non-violent methods of ensuring government laws were followed (e.g. curfew), and no stigma for those with the disease. 

The sub-text of the document is its recognition that amidst the pandemic, many Mathare residents live in deep poverty and have experienced extra-judicial killings and assaults at the hands of government/police authorities. 

Language

English