Around the world, reports have highlighted the educational, health, and societal challenges that people have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Few reports, however, have exclusively covered the effects on adolescent girls and boys, especially in Kenya. Given the limited data on the impact of the pandemic on adolescents, this study set out to collect data and outline the challenges facing Kenyan adolescents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kenya, adolescents aged 10 to 19 years comprise about 24 percent of the country’s population. This study captured data on school enrollment, experiences of sexual and gender-based violence, time spent on household chores, income-earning activities (voluntary and forced), early marriage, and access to health services. The report also addresses adolescent pregnancy, providing data on known risk factors for pregnancy in the short-term including transactional sex and unprotected sexual activity; limited access to sexual and reproductive health services; and increases in unintended pregnancy in the short and medium term.
Presidential Policy and Strategy Unit (Kenya) and Population Council. 2021. "Promises to Keep: Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents in Kenya." Nairobi: Presidential Policy and Strategy Unit (Kenya) and Population Council.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic