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Date of this Version

Spring 3-1-2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 virus, which is spreading rapidly and massively around the world, is causing panic and fear in everyone; the Indonesian government is taking quick steps to solve the COVID 19 pandemic that is currently happening. What about the fate of street children currently still on the streets working as street singers, beggars, and hawkers? This study aims to see how health literacy possessed by the mothers of street children who are still on the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study uses a qualitative research method with a phenomenological approach. The resource persons in this study were ten mothers of street children in Bandung-West Java. The results of the study found that mothers of street children knew about general health information regarding the COVID-19 virus. However, they are still staying on the streets during COVID-19. The motive behind this behavior is related to the economic and habitual factors which synchronizes with the way they live on a regular basis. The mothers of street children in this study are actually aware and afraid of the dangers of the COVID-19 virus, so that they force their children to keep wearing masks to avoid getting punished by officers. In conclusion, the participants’ health literacy is enough to keep the mothers following health protocols and maintain their families’ hygiene, especially after wandering around on the streets.

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