The Kenya COVID-19 Fund raises over Kshs 2.7 Billion for Emergency Response

On 1st April 2020, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The principal objective of the Fund is to mobilise resources for emergency response towards containing the spread, effects and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The support and goodwill towards this initiative continues to be very encouraging with corporates, foundations, religious institutions and individuals enthusiastically stepped forward to donate to the fund.

So far the fund has been able to raise the following:

  • In terms of cash we have raised Kshs 2,149,218,950.00
  • In terms of material resources, that is, food and non-food items we have raised Kshs 505,836,250.00
  • Bringing the total contribution to Kshs 2,655,055,200.00
  • The fund has also coordinated in-kind food donations amounting to Kshs. 272,024,734.00

Funds and other donations continue to be received and this will be updated in due course. A detailed list of all contributions is available on the Fund’s website

In line with the commitment on transparency and accountability, The Board announces that the Fund has prioritised the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth Kshs. 600 million for the support and protection of our health workers dealing with COVID-19 patients in public hospitals in Kenya. These include the dedicated COVID19 hospitals in the 47 counties, health facilities in Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps, and the Moi, Kenyatta, and Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospitals. The PPEs will be sourced from local manufacturers in line with the goal of stimulating the local economy. The quality standards for these procurements have been aligned with the Ministry of Health specifications, guided by the Board’s Health Committee of experts and practitioners.

The Board seeks to reaffirm that it has put in place an elaborate transparency, accountability and governance framework, in its operations, to ensure that every shilling contributed, large and small, and every item or
service donated in support of COVID-19 interventions is spent on, and distributed to the intended recipients.

The Board expresses its deepest gratitude for the support and goodwill that the fund continues to receive from Kenyans from all walks of life. We would like to encourage more Kenyans to donate to the fund as we all work together to overcome this pandemic.

Let us work together to save lives.

Jane Karuku
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund