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Research Panorama June 2020

Photo: Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE

We are excited to share our quarter two GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.

It has been over three months since the WHO declared the covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Since that time we have seen countries all over the world close down to try and slow infection rates. Although some low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) appear to be past their peak of infection, the long-term implications of the pandemic on adolescents are likely to remain for a significant time. In light of World Refugee Day on 20 June, it is also important to remember the drastic implications this virus could have on those living in refugee camps. As the first cases of the virus begin to be detected in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, governments and humanitarian workers alike are highly concerned and are taking strong precautions to try and control the spread of the virus.

This quarter’s edition of the Panorama will focus on research that relates to the current covid-19 pandemic. Our starting premise is that it is important to focus on life-course implications of covid-19 in order to highlight the specific needs of young people. While there is growing attention paid to the gender implications of covid-19, the focus on young people’s experiences and voices has been more limited and in particular on their gendered experiences. This quarter we would like to highlight a series of GAGE cross-country research briefs that aim to share findings on the impact of the covid-19
pandemic on adolescents’ lives in real time using qualitative data collected through phone interviews.

This edition of the Panorama includes briefs from Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine as well as our covid-19 qualitative toolkit and phone survey modules. We have also asked some of the GAGE country researchers who have been conducting remote phone interviews to reflect on their experiences and highlight some of their interesting findings (see Boxes 1–3). We are also delighted to share a new health policy brief that draws on baseline findings with Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host community adolescents in Cox’s Bazar and a journal article on health inequalities in Ethiopia (conducted before the covid-19 pandemic).

Read the quarter two GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.