From: Exit News
Albanian Families Need Mental Health Support, Food, Hygiene Products to Deal with COVID-19

Some 75%.5 of Albanian families are unable to fully meet food needs and 83.3% are unable to fully meet the needs for disinfectants and face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by World Vision Albania.

The report was conducted to assess the impact of the outbreak on the wellbeing of children and families in the country.

It also found that 71.9% were unable to meet the needs for necessary hygiene sets including shampoo, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and other personal care items.

Out of those surveyed, 68.5% said that verbal and physical abuse were present in their homes during the pandemic. A further 35% said they experienced high level anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic with women more likely to suffer than men.

In terms of employment, unemployment had increased by 10% and full-time employment decreased by 9%. Occupational worked dropped by 14% and almost half of those surveyed who have agricultural land said the sale of their products had been impacted. A total of 68% said the pandemic is or will impact their employment.

When asked what solutions could be provided to help them during these times,77.2% said the distribution of food packages would help. Around 60% said hygiene products would be helpful. Around the same amount said psychosocial support is needed to help them deal with the mental fall out of the pandemic.