Breakthrough ACTION produces monthly reports for 21 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) priority countries based on the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey (CTIS), launched by Facebook in partnership with the Delphi Group at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States and the University of Maryland Social Data Science Center globally. These reports focus on a different research topic each month and aid users hoping to learn more about COVID-19 perceptions and behaviors in these high-priority countries. For more information and visuals from the CTIS, visit covidbehaviors.org.

May 2022: Who are the trusted sources of COVID-19 information?

The delivery of public health messages through trusted, accessible channels is critical during a health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent studies have linked trust in the government and interpersonal trust with lower COVID-19 infection rates. Understanding which information channels are most frequently accessed and trusted within communities is an important step in the process of increasing access to important health information, garnering cooperation with public health mandates, and preventing the spread of both misinformation and infection. This report presents data on trust and exposure to information sources from the respondents of 21 countries to the COVID-19 Trends and Impacts Survey (CTIS).

Bangladesh | Bolivia | Brazil | Côte d’Ivoire | Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Honduras | India | Indonesia | KenyaMozambique | Myanmar | Nepal | Nigeria | Pakistan | Philippines | South Africa | Ukraine | Vietnam

April 2022: To what degree are survey respondents experiencing psychological and economic distress during the pandemic?

Globally evidence indicates that psychological distress has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the scope and breadth of the impact are still unclear. The pandemic also disrupted many economic activities, leading to increased distress over household finances and food security. This report presents data from the respondents of 21 USAID priority countries to the COVID-19 Trends and Impacts Survey (CTIS). Respondents who reported feelings of nervousness or depression and those who reported worries about finances or food security in March 2022 were included.

Bangladesh | Bolivia | Brazil| Burkina Faso | Côte d’Ivoire | Democratic Republic of Congo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Guinea | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Mali | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Philippines | Senegal | South Africa

March 2022: What factors are associated with mask-wearing?

Mask-wearing is an effective COVID-19 prevention method especially critical in countries where vaccination and treatment methods are limited. As many USAID priority countries are still reporting very low vaccination rates, mask-wearing is particularly important for decreasing or maintaining low COVID-19 case counts. Understanding the social and behavioral factors associated with using masks, as well as trends over time, allows for the development of more targeted COVID-19 prevention messaging. This report describes trends in worry about COVID-19, the perceived efficacy of mask-wearing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and actual mask-wearing behavior between June 2021 and February 2022.

Bangladesh | Bolivia | Brazil| Burkina Faso | Côte d’Ivoire | Democratic Republic of Congo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Guinea | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Mali | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Philippines | Senegal | South Africa

February 2022: What is the impact of omicron on testing behaviors?

Large-scale testing is a key part of ongoing COVID-19 prevention in the general population. Individuals with asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 cases can still spread the virus to others; therefore, quickly identifying cases is critical to an effective response effort. This report describes changes in self-reported testing and COVID-19 positivity for 21 USAID focus countries over time, with a particular focus on November and December 2021 and January 2022, when the omicron variant was becoming increasingly prevalent.

Bangladesh | Bolivia | Brazil| Burkina Faso | Côte d’Ivoire | Democratic Republic of Congo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Guinea | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Mali | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Philippines | Senegal | South Africa

January 2022: Does vaccine type matter?

Preference for certain vaccine types and concerns about others are becoming more commonly stated barriers to vaccination. Meanwhile, as access to vaccines increases in low- and middle-income countries, fewer people are reporting that they cannot get a vaccine appointment. Understanding reasons for vaccine hesitancy and vaccine preferences should inform vaccine promotion programs.

Bangladesh | Bolivia | Brazil| Burkina Faso | Côte d’Ivoire | Democratic Republic of Congo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Guinea | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Mali | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Philippines | Senegal | South Africa