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'I am not at peace': Covid-19 impacts on mental health of adolescents in Tanzania

Case/country studies

Written by Carmen Leon-Himmelstine

Image credit:Vibrantly coloured East African Khanga Cloths from Tanzania and Zanzibar, 2015. Credit: Güldem Üstün / CC BY 2.0

This ODI Country study draws out key findings on the impacts of Covid-19 on the mental health of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 19, living in project locations in Tanzania.

Drawing on qualitative findings from a forthcoming research report, this country study explores the effects of Covid-19 across three closely inter-related dimensions and levels: (1) on individuals; (2) on families or households; and (3) beyond the household. From Tanzania, adolescents in Mwanza and Morogoro mentioned a range of factors that had affected their own mental health and well-being. Many are linked to school closures and to certain health measures implemented as a result of the pandemic.

This brief has been supported by Fondation Botnar which has granted ODI and our in-country partners — the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) and the Center of Research, Information and Services in Psychology (CRISP) at the Vietnam National University, a 2.5-year project. The aim is to address the mental health needs of adolescents in schools, in the community and at the institutional level, in both Tanzania and Viet Nam, through the co-creation and application of digital and non-digital approaches and technologies.