Assessing the impact on young people.
In the wake of the pandemic, and the subsequent lockdown in India, Restless Development India rolled out a survey aimed at assessing the impact of the pandemic on young people’s psycho-social health. Responses from 1554 young people across the country were analysed, and the findings are reported in the study below.
With millions of young people losing their jobs as a result of the pandemic, employment and finance related concerns were key for young people’s psychosocial health.
Urgent action required
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities in access to basic healthcare in India. Accessibility of adolescent friendly physical and mental health services remains under emphasised, and sexual and reproductive health and rights, while acknowledged as critical, are still out of reach of most young people in India. Unless urgent action is taken, young people are going to suffer disproportionate and long-lasting impacts on their psycho-social health.