At the first step, this study postulated a thesis such as that pandemics are not just a medical phenomena towards physical health of persons. Because pandemics’ influence can be observed on individuals, groups and society on many levels, causing disruptions. When it comes to societal level, stigma and xenophobia can be most common aspects of the societal impact of pandemic outbreaks. Two factors on the individual level, which could feed and trigger these impacts can be panic and stress which have strong link with outbreaks. As concerns over the perceived threat grow, most people may resort to stockpiling goods which go beyond the optimum stocking quantity.
Most of the people focus on collecting and hoarding masks and other medical supplies. This is often followed by anxiety-related behaviors, sleep disturbances, and overall lower perceived state of health. Individuals with mental illness may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. In this framework, this effort aims to reveal the psychological patterns of the main factors that direct the people to this kind of behaviors, and the protection and mental health-related issues which are differing per layers of the community.
Considering these, MSYD aims to focus on the vulnerable groups in the community, especially refugees living in Turkey during the Covid-19 pandemic. The people of concerns among the refugee population are open to expose the multisectoral effect of the Covid-19 as protection and mental health needs more than host communities because of their barriers to reach the information and services at the time being. In this respect, the report will provide the information and analyses on the needs of refugees and suggest the modality to serve and cover the relevant needs that have been determined from the survey. Also, it will underline the changes needed and problems to relocate and revise the current services provided by the government and non-governmental organizations.