The World is battling to contain the Corona Virus disease (COVID-19) which has been ravaging the global economies. The first case of COVID-19 in Kenya was confirmed on 13th March 2020 and as of Monday, 18th May 2020 the confirmed cases stood at 912.
The disease which is highly contagious has led to many countries taking drastic measures in order to curb its spread. In Kenya, the Government has introduced a raft of measures including banning of all passenger flights, temporary closure bars, suspension of learning in all education institutions, dusk to dawn curfew, cessation of movement in and out of some high-risk areas among others.
For targeted response and sound formulation of strategies and policies, accurate quality data is important. It is in recognition of this that the National Economic and Business Response Working Group tasked the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to undertake a survey on Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households.
The survey, which is population-based, will be implemented in 6 waves until July 2020. The objectives of the survey include measurement of the impact of COVID-19 on health, labour market, transport, and housing. The survey is also aimed at assessing the awareness of COVID-19 and the appropriate protective measures. The data collection for the first wave was undertaken from 2nd to 9th May 2020. The survey is being implemented using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) approach in which the interviews are conducted through telephone.