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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Measures on the LGBTI Community in the Western Balkans (English)

This rapid assessment aims to provide a detailed analysis of the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the measures to combat it on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Western Balkans, Croatia, and Slovenia. This assessment focuses on four key areas: 1) the LGBTI community’s access to health care; 2) the impact of preventive and compulsory isolation measures and social distancing on LGBTI people; 3) the potential that existing disparities between LGBTI people and the general population will increase; and 4) the pandemic’s impact on the LGBTI movement. It concludes with a set of important recommendations for governments, donors, and other development partners on i) how to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on LGBTI people and ii) how to avoid similar mistakes and confront related challenges in the face of possible future lockdowns and containment measures. The evidence and information on the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on LGBTI people can help governments and development partners in designing, implementing, and evaluating more inclusive measures to combat the pandemic.


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    Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Measures on the LGBTI Community in the Western Balkans

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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Measures on the LGBTI Community in the Western Balkans (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.