As elsewhere, in the State of Palestine, the burden of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality has overwhelmingly fallen on older people. There is, however, growing recognition that younger people, including adolescents aged 10–19 years who account for more than a fifth of the population (1), are also suffering negative impacts on their health because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that nearly 40% of the population in the State of Palestine are refugees it is important to distinguish between the experiences of the non-refugee and the refugee adolescent populations, and within the latter, those living in camp and non-camp settings. Such disaggregated evidence will help to inform national response plans by government and development partners to ensure that they are both adolescent-responsive and equitable.
This policy brief draws on findings of a questionnaire-based telephone survey involving just over 1000 adolescent boys and girls which was conducted as part of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal research programme.
Abu Hamad, B., Baird, S., Jones, J., Małachowska, A., Oakley, E. with Bani Odeh, K., Diab, R., Abu Hamad, S., Abu Hamra, E., Qandeel, A. and Al-Redaisy, N. (2021) Adolescent well-being and the COVID-19 pandemic: experiences and perspectives from the State of Palestine. Report. London: Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence