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Case Studies | November 19, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 among Mothers of Young Children in Siaya County, Kenya

Perceived Effects of the Pandemic on Children and Families (August 2020)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in close partnership with the Evidence Lab at the Duke Global Health Institute, conducted a survey in Siaya County, Kenya using a COVID-19 module that was adapted from the Pandemic Stress Index and the COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scale. The survey reached 340 mothers of children (1 to 4 years) who were enrolled in CRS early childhood development programming, specifically on Integrated Mothers and Babies Course (iMBC). The survey results indicated the following: While less than one percent of mothers indicated any COVID-19 related known symptoms, hospitalizations, or death in their families, most reported that the pandemic negatively affected daily life. Most mothers reported a decrease in income (82%) and difficulty getting food (67%), health care (46%) or medicine (48%) for their families due to the pandemic. Mothers perceived that COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health (82%) and that of their child (54%).