We need innovation to mitigate the unseen impact of COVID-19 on HIV/AIDS

Mitigating the unseen impact of COVID-19 on HIV/AIDS


As we inch towards the end of what has been quite a ‘long’ year, Kenya finds itself once again in the throes of surging Covid-19 cases in what some have referred to as the ‘second wave’ of Covid-19. The direct impact of the pandemic has intensified with each passing day, with the loss of human life, including those at the frontlines of fighting the pandemic. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, Kenya’s doctor-patient ratio stood at 1.57 per 10,000 population in 2018, significantly below the WHO threshold of 10 medical doctors per 10,000 population. Losing over 20 doctors and health workers in a span of 9 months is a huge toll to an already over-burdened health system.

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