Studies on Impact of COVID-19 and LOCKDOWN

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KOSHISH has completed 50% of data collection for the study on “Impact of COVID 19 and Lockdown on Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities.” The study is being conducted in combine effort of the National Federation of the Disabled (NFDN) and CBM. The study has ethical approval from the National Health Research Council (NHRC). Similarly, KOSHISH has submitted a proposal to NHRC on June 17, 2020, for ethical approval to conduct a study on “Impact of COVID 19 and Extended Lockdown on Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of People in Nepal.” The study will provide an in-depth understanding of the state of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of general people during COVID 19 pandemic and extended lockdown. The study will support the government, mental health activists, NGOs, INGOs and mental health professionals to strengthen their plan, policy, and service for better mental health interventions to prevent secondary crisis (may be caused by mental health problems). In contrast to other studies on mental health in COVID 19, it is being done after a significant time of pandemic and lockdown in Nepal. Hence, the most important aspect of the study is to provide facts for comparing the impacts of COVID 19 and Lockdown on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing at different stages of COVID 19 pandemic.The proposed survey is a cross-sectional quantitative study. Online survey method will be used to collect data for the study. For the study, KOSHISH is administering the COVID-19 Pandemic Mental Health Questionnaire (CoPaQ) CoPaQ. It is a newly developed and highly comprehensive self-report measure of personal and social consequences of the COVID-19-pandemic with an application scope world-wide. The questionnaire covers a wide range of areas of interest affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; that is, COVID-19 infection status, socio-demographic background, and the impact on risk perception, affect, thoughts, behavior, mental health, media usage, institutional trust and social cohesion.

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