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Questionnaire on COVID's impact on nutrition and food security

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Normal user

2 Mar 2021, 10:11

Dear colleagues,

We are planning for a national nutrition (household-based) survey and have been asked to add a module on COVID-19 and its impact on the household's nutrition and food security. Has any of you developed such modules that could be used for adaptation to the country context? If so, thank you for sharing if possible. Regards, Fabian 

Joyce Ene ocheola Oki

Principal scientific officer FSMLT

Normal user

2 Mar 2021, 13:14

  1. Did the Pandemic Affect your Eating Pattern?     Yes [  ]        No [  ]
  2. Was the cost of food higher during the pandemics/ Yes [  ]    No [  ]

3. What foods where within your reach and most available to you during the pandemics.

(a) grains

(b) cereals


(b) fruits

(e) vegetables

(f) eggs

(g) milk

(h) meat and meat products

(i) fish and sea foods.

()  nuts and seeds

  1. what kinds of food did you concentrate on eating more,  foods high in: (a) proteins , (b)vitamins, (c)fats and oils, (d)carbohydrates, (e)fibre
  1.  Did you Eat Less or More during the Pandemic?         More [  ]     Less [  ]
  1. Did you Improve the Quality of your Food During the Pandemic? Yes [  ]         No [  ]

Above are an excerpt from my work, I pray it helps.

Joyce Ene Ocheola Oki


Normal user

3 Mar 2021, 02:23

Dear Joyce,

Thank you very much for your quick response, this is very helpful! Stay safe, Fabian 

Yara Sfeir

Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance

Normal user

3 Mar 2021, 19:25

Dear Fabian, 

I know that a unit in FAO has been working on precisely this, here is a link to a guidance they recently developed on the subject:

It is somewhat more focused on livelihood and food security rather than nutrition, here is one of the many reports they issued recently:

Thank you,


Rolf Klemm


Normal user

4 Mar 2021, 16:56

Here's a module we at Helen Keller International have added to our post-vitamin A supplementation campaign coverage surveys.  Rolf

Core COVID-19 Module

Section 1: Core module assessing consumer perceptions of COVID and the impact of COVID-19 on food security, income, and health seeking behavior.

Core COVID module:   Effect of COVID on food security


In the last 7 days, did you have to limit the number of daily meals in your household because you didn't have enough agent or food?

  • Yes
  • Not

If so, how many times in the last 7 days have you had to reduce the number of your meals?

  • 1-2 days
  • 3 to 4 days
  • 4 days

In the last seven days, have you or any member of your household been forced to reduce the amount eaten during a meal because of lack of means?

  • Yes
  • Not

If so, in the last 7 days how many times have you had to reduce the number of your meals?

  • 1-2 days
  • 3 to 4 days
  • 4 days

Since the beginning of the COVID crisis, have you or any member of your household not been able to eat certain foods that you prefer to eat or prefer to eat?

  • Yes
  • No

If so, which foods? (do not read responses, probe)

  • Va-rich fruit
  • Other fruit
  • Va-rich vegetables
  • Other vegetables
  • Meat (baby, chicken, mutton)
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Cereals
  • Sweets, snacks
  • Other

Why have you not been able to eat [cite all foods mentioned]

  • Not available
  • Too expensive/cant afford it anymore
  • [other pretest response codes]

Core COVID module: effect of COVID on income


In the past 6 months has anyone in your household lost their job or experienced a drop in income?

  • Yes
  • No

What was this due to COVID-19?

  • COVID-19
  • [other pretest response codes]

Core COVID module:  perceptions of the COVID crisis


What are your main concerns  about COVID?

  • My health and that of my family
  • Loss of employment or income
  • Lack of food
  • Increase in crime in the community

VAS specific module

Script : Maintenant, je vais vous poser quelques questions sur la campagne de supplémentation en vitamine A [utilisez le nom local pour cet événement s'il en existe un] qui a eu lieu entre [date] et [date]. Pendant ce temps, des capsules de vitamine A comme celles-ci [montrer les capsules d'exposition] ont été introduites dans la bouche des jeunes enfants






VAS Specific COVID module : effect of COVID on VAS distribution


During this time, did you observe the worker who came to your house to give vitamin A to do any of the following:

  • Wear a mask covering his/her face and nose?
  • Keep at least one meter away from other members of your household?
  • Hand washing/ Using hydroalcoholic solution
  • Wash his/her hands before dosing your child
  • Was his/her hands after dosing your child  
  • Yes No Don’t Know
  • Yes No Don’t Know
  • Yes No Don’t Know
  • Yes No Don’t Know

Would you be willing to receive a visit from distributors at your home to administer VAS to your child despite the Covid-19 crisis?

  • Yes
  • Not

If not, why?

  • Fear of contracting COVID-19
  • [additional pretest categories]
  • Other : specify

VAS Specific COVID module:  COVID's effect on access to health service


In the past 3 months have you gone to the sanitary facility for care for you or your child?

  • Yes
  • No

If no, why?:

  • Fear of contracting COVID disease
  • No family members were ill
  • No routine services were due
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of transportation
  • [additional pretest categories]
  • Others: specify

In the past 3 months have you taken your child to any of the following health services

  • Vaccination
  • De-worming
  • Growth monitoring
  • Medical consultation
  • Any other reason ?
  • Yes/No
  • Yes/No
  • Yes/No
  • Yes/No
  • Yes/No

If no to any of the above, why?

  • Fear of contracting COVID disease
  • No family members were ill
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of transportation
  • Others: specify

Additional questions:  

Expanded COVID module: Source of information on COVID


Where do you get information about COVID and prevention? (2 sources)


In your opinion, is [source] reliable?

  • Yes/no

Expanded COVID module:  Barrieres gesture practices


Since the  COVID scheme, your household regularly practices:

  • Yes/no

Le lavage des main frequents

  • Yes/no

Avoid public gatherings (marriages, funerals, etc.)

  • Yes/no

2 metre distance in public places

  • Yes/no

Travel limit

  • Yes/no

Wearing the mask

  • Yes/no

Quarantine in scase ofCOVID's yMPms

  • Yes/no

Expanded COVID module: Perceptions of susceptibility to COVID and anxiety


not at all concerned 

not concerned 

slightly concerned 


very concerned 



How concerned are you about contracting COVID?

How concerned are you about contracting COVID-19? 



How much are you concerned about losing some or all of your income due to  COVID?

How concerned are you about losing income due to COVID-19 restrictions  



How much do you    care not to  buy  food from COVID?

How concerned are you about not being able to purchase food due to COVID-19 



How concerned are you about  not  being able to access health  services? 

How concerned are you able not being able to get health services for you or your family due to COVID19? 


Perception of government restrictions/advice 


Strongly disagree 


Neither Agree nor Disagree


Strongly disagree 


To what extent do you agree with the following statements? 



Through my actions, I can reduce  the  transmission  of COVID in my  community

Through my actions, I have the power to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in my community 



The restrictions imposed by the government  in my  community  are  beneficial  for mea fand me

Government/community restrictions to prevent COVID benefit me and my family   



Normal user

5 Mar 2021, 01:37

Dear Yara, dear Rolf,

Thanks for the additional inputs, greatly appreciated! Best, Fabian 

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