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Adolescents’ experiences of Covid-19 and the public health response in urban Ethiopia

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Nicola Jones

Hero image description: Adolescent boy in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia Image credit:Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE 2020

Covid-19 has rapidly disrupted the lives of individuals across the globe. While the direct health effects are largely concentrated among the elderly, the virus will almost certainly have multidimensional impacts on young people’s well-being in both the short and the long term. This factsheet is part of a cross-country series designed to share emerging findings from recent quantitative interviews with adolescents in the context of Covid-19. The young people involved are part of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme’s longitudinal research in East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

This factsheet provides a rapid snapshot of adolescents’ knowledge and attitudes towards Covid-19 in Ethiopia and presents key findings on the impact of the virus across GAGE’s six focal capability domains: education and learning; health, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health; psychosocial well-being; economic empowerment; voice and agency; and bodily integrity.

Adolescent boy in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Sarah Baird, Joan Hamory, Nicola Jones, Erin Oakley, Tassew Woldehanna and Workneh Yadete