COVID-19 & State of Kuwait

COVID-19 & State of Kuwait

October 11, 2020

The General Secretariat for the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) of Kuwait and UNDP have jointly released a report focusing on the effect of COVID19 lockdown on mental health, food consumption patterns, relation dynamics and physical wellbeing. This survey results will serve as a basis for GSSCPD and UNDP to design AI-enabled chatbot, informed by behavioral insights to support people living in Kuwait with wellbeing advice in our attempt to reduce the negative effect of the crisis on physical and mental health. This online survey was prepared and analyzed in collaboration with the Public Health Advisors at the Kuwait Public Policy Centre.

The survey covers the following areas:

- Demographics and background information Perception, Attitude, and Practice about COVID 19;

- Mental health assessment (depression, stress, and anxiety);

- Food consumption;

- Exercise and physical activity;

- Relationship Dynamics (domestic tensions and violence).

The survey was conducted by the questionnaire from June 18 to July 15, 2020, through social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook. The target population was the Kuwait residents over 21-year-old who is living in the territory of the State of Kuwait. Finally, 679 cases (57.9% of females and 42.1% of males; 67.7% of Kuwaiti nationals and 32.3% of non-Kuwaiti nationals) were analyzed.

This policy report was developed analyzing the results and findings. The results show that there are weaknesses of coping COVID-19 and mental health, being urgent needed to intervene for health behaviors and social supports, including coping methods for COVID-19 stress, systems for family counsel, community supporting environment for encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

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