To track the impacts of COVID-19 on household finances, wellbeing and health in Kenya in 2021, FSD Kenya supported a continuation of the FinMark Trust COVID-19 Tracker survey conducted in 2020 with funding from the Gates Foundation. The survey has been implemented over 6 waves from April 2020 to May 2021, with a further two waves planned in August and November 2021. The data is weighted to represent the Kenyan adult population across key demographics. It tracks the impacts of the pandemic on income, jobs, finances and resilience as well as health, safety and food security.
Wave 6, conducted in May 2021, finds that the number of earners has gone up since the first government-imposed restrictions in mid-2020; however, median income has decreased, reflecting the general slowdown of the economy resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pressure on household finances is compounded by increased cost of living which was cited by 85% of the population as a major shock in 2021. This has led to increases in meals-missed and asset sales, declines in savings and inability to get hold of medicine when needed. With a high percentage reporting extreme fears over the health impacts of COVID-19 as well as concerns over safety and security, the tension across the population is substantial.