March 28, 2022

Nairobi Youth Respondent-Driven Sampling Survey Follow-up and Gender/COVID-19 Study: Final Report

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Infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19 and their mitigation measures can exacerbate underlying gender disparities, particularly among adolescents and young adults in densely populated urban settings. An existing cohort of youth ages 16-26 in Nairobi, Kenya, sampled in 2019 using respondent-driven sampling (RDS)  methodology, completed phone-based surveys in August-October 2020 (n=1217) and April-May 2021 (n=1177), supplemented by virtual focus group discussions and interviews with youth and stakeholders, to examine health, economic, social, and safety experiences during COVID-19, and gender disparities therein.