Two new assessments were released on 25 May by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia, UNICEF, the World Bank and the EU, presenting the core diagnostic of the social protection system and the impact of COVID-19 on households in Armenia.
EU-funded ‘COVID-19 Armenia High Frequency Survey’ was conducted in September 2020 by the World Bank and UNICEF Armenia, looking at the impact of COVID-19 on household welfare in Armenia and the government response.
The survey results point to a high correlation between job and income loss and food insecurity and mental wellbeing. A total of 241,442 people, or 18 per cent of working-age people who had jobs before COVID-19, lost them due to the pandemic. The largest share of these is among unregistered and female workers.
The report also shows that children are the hidden victims of the pandemic with school-age children in rural areas, especially in Aragatsotn, Armavir, Gegharkunik, Tavush, and Syunik, facing lower connectivity. Also, 15 per cent of households have delayed or skipped routine immunisation as a result of the pandemic.
Another survey, ‘The core diagnostic of the social protection system (CODI)’, offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the performance of the social protection system in 2019-2020 against national social protection objectives and international best practice benchmarks. It underlines the importance of strengthened social protection and sustained social spending to ensure sound protection of children and their families.
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