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Public Health Emergency Management and COVID-19

The effect of COVID-19 and government response measures on vulnerable groups in urban areas in Ethiopia



Project duration

July 2020 – February 2021

Funding source

UK-DFID through Building Resilience in Ethiopia Program


Maintains program



Category of project


Brief description

This project aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 and government response measures on poor and vulnerable groups in Ethiopia’s urban areas The study uses a mixed methods design, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. Semi-structured and qualitative diary-style interviews were conducted over the phone to explore the effects of COVID-19 and government measures along the following themes: knowledge and practices for preventing the transmission of COVID-19; urban poor households finance (i.e. their income, expenditures, and means of livelihood); food security; strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic; access to health services and health-seeking behavior; access to education during school closures; access to WASH facilities; mental health status; and aid and support from the government, NGOs, and other organizations. The cities included in the study were: Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Dire Dawa, Adama, Gambela, Bahir Dar, Jigjiga, Bule Hora, Logia, and Semera. This study was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), now known as the FCDO. It is funded by the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) program and implemented in partnership with the Maintains programme.

Scope: National


Document (electronic copies):

Reports (1st and 2nd monthly reports released);

Project Details

  • Start Date 2020-07-01
  • End Date 2021-02-27
  • Clients Maintains program
  • Categories MEL

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