The world is currently under the challenge to cope with the Pandemic COVID-19 and the implementation of country wide lockdowns have affected the lives of the people and economies of many countries of the world. Pakistan is also currently trying to cope up with this global challenge, however, it seems that the economy of the country will be shaken and its growth rate during may severely be affected due to the closure of business and economic activities, decrease in Imports/ Exports, Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and remittances which resultantly also increase unemployment & Poverty.
To access the impact of COVID-19 and its future implications, governments do not have any updated and representative nationwide data. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics as the key government agency responsible for providing official statistics for Pakistan has taken initiative to conduct a special survey to Evaluate Socio Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Wellbeing of people which will give representative results at the national provincial level to inform the government on the magnitude/level of effects of this crisis on employment, food security and general wellbeing of the population for decision making.
For development finalization of the questionnaire consultative virtual meetings were held with relevant stakeholders like FAO, World Bank, UNDP, WHO, and M/O Planning Development & Special Initiatives (PD&SI) questionnaire has been discussed in detail. The survey approved by Secretary PD &SI, after getting approval it is sent to the Data processing Center for designing of Database applications accordingly.
The studying variables are as follows,
- Employment and Income
- Income from Second Occupation, Domestics & Foreign Remittances, Rent, and Other work
- Job Loss /Migration due to COVID-19
- Assistance from Social Protection Programs
- Food Insecurity
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
- Coping Strategies to Tackle the Shocks COVID-19
- Selected Durable Items Owned By the household
- Practices during COVID-19 to mitigate the effects of COVID-19
- Reduced use of Health Services during COVID-19
- Coping strategies adopted to tackle the shock
Data of 500 blocks will be collected to study the impact. Fieldwork will be completed in 10 days all over the country, 12 households will be covered in rural areas and 12 households from urban areas.