LIVING THE PANDEMIC AS A NEWBORN, ADOLESCENT AND YOUTH
Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on Children and Women in Kosovo*
The COVID-19 pandemic has put entire societies at risk. Measures that have been implemented to contain the spread of the virus, including nationwide lockdowns and
school closures, have caused major disruptions to children’s lives. This, coupled with the wider social and economic impact of the pandemic, will have a significant impact on children’s right to health and wellbeing, education, safety, and protection. The harmful effects of this pandemic are expected to be most damaging for children in the poorest and most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. With even the most developed countries struggling to cope with the situation, for Kosovo, the impacts of the pandemic on children could prove to substantially undermine the wellbeing and have a long-lasting impact.
The Assessment of COVID-19 Impacts on Children and Women in Kosovo, conducted by DOTS during September and October 2020 and supported by UNICEF Kosovo, aims to generate evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic and measures implemented by Kosovo institutions to mitigate it are impacting children’s health, nutrition, learning, well-being, and protection, and identify children’s and their families’ needs during these times.
The objective of this study is to assess the impact of COVID-19 on children in Kosovo, with a particular focus on three priority areas – young children and their parents,
youth, and children with disabilities. This study and particularly the recommendations that follow it, aim to provide UNICEF and other relevant stakeholders in Kosovo with the needed evidence to design informed and effective prevention and response actions towards mitigating and minimizing COVID-19’s consequences on children’s and women’s lives.
This assessment is mainly based on qualitative data collected through interviews and focus group discussions with key informants at both the local and national level,
focusing on three main target groups: (1) Young children, and their parents; (2) Adolescents and youth; and, (3) Children with disabilities. Literature review was also
used to sketch out the scope of impact and outreach activities delivered to target populations.