A report by Unicef and UNFPA explores the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on women and children from low income families in Kuala Lumpur.
The Families on the Edge project was commissioned to study 500 families living in Kuala Lumpur’s PPR (Pusat Perumahan Rakyat) (council flats), and the immediate socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The report looks at the relevance, adequacy and accessibility of Covid-19 mitigation policies and other social support services, specifically its effect on women and children from vulnerable families.
The first report assesses the changes in a range of indicators in the immediate aftermath of the announcement of MCO (Movement Control Order).
Read Part 1 here families_on_edge_part_1.pdf
The second report analyses key changes in their lives, how they are coping in the Recovery MCO period, addressing new challenges such as mental health; and the impact of government assistance programs.
Although median household incomes have increased compared to MCO levels, it has not yet reached pre-crisis levels. Reduction of job opportunities and lack of savings contribute to their poverty.
However, their resilience edges them to keep looking for employment or income generating opportunities and look out for NGO or government assistance.
Read Part 2 herefamilies_on_edge_part_2.pdf
The aim of this study is to support the Malaysian Government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups; and offer insights to the general public and policy makers in their efforts to ‘build back better’.