It’s important not to let practicing sensible self-isolation policies allow us to become isolated from one another. We have to keep talking. We have to discuss the problems that COVID-19 is causing in our lives, to learn form one another and to take (often virtual) action. That’s why Restless Development and YouLead Summit want to hear from young people in East Africa. If you’re #feelingrestless today. You can take action and have your say by filling out the survey at the bottom of this page. Read below for a little more about the project.
The World Health Organisation has repeatedly and boldly warned, that Africa should prepare for the worst. Covid-19 could potentially burst into a full humanitarian crisis on the African continent. Contrary to the previously predominant perception that Covid-19 is affecting older people with existing conditions, and that people of young age have little to worry about emerging infection and death trends for example in USA, Italy and elsewhere might suggest a different picture. Reports suggest for example that in New York City alone up to 50% of those hospitalised, are young people between the age 18-44.
Besides the health impacts, Covid-19 is disrupting young peoples lives on a large scale. This might include, but not be limited to access to jobs, livelihoods and other economic opportunities, transport in and around cities, disruption of the right to assemble, organise and effectively participate in social, economic and political life. This survey seeks to gather views on how youth across East Africa are coping with these and more dynamics associated to Covid-19 scare and lockdown period.
The YouLead East Africa Survey on Coronavirus disruption to youth life in East Africa therefore seeks to gather views on how youth across East Africa are coping with these and more dynamics associated to Covid-19 scare and lockdown period and they see themselves playing a role in preventing and responding to the Covid-19 crisis. You can help by taking the survey and sharing with your friends.
Restless Development also recognises that huge numbers of young people in East Africa don’t have internet access. This is going to become an increasing problem as self-isolation drives more activity online. That’s why they’re holding telephone banks to get the opinions of young people who can’t access the online form. Perhaps you could phone a friend who isn’t online and fill out a form for them too?