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Health inequalities widening for minorities post-pandemic

September 22, 2022

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be felt with a new study revealing growing health inequalities amongst ethnic minorities with diabetes.

A new study has revealed growing post-pandemic health inequalities amongst ethnic minorities with diabetes.

Academics from the University of Leicester as well as researchers from the National Institute for Health and Care Research’s Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands (NIHR ARC East Midlands) division investigated the larger structural obstacles that put ethnic minorities with diabetes at a greater risk of more extreme Covid-19 outcomes.

The barriers identified by the team included employment opportunities, housing, access to local resources, education and food.

The report found that people from ethnic minority groups also experience more severe Covid-19 reactions due to their differences in co-morbid conditions, access to treatment, and exposure risk.

Previous research papers have failed to consider these wider structural issues. Researchers from the University of Leicester are now calling on healthcare services to address the disproportionate impact people from minority ethnic groups have experienced during the pandemic due to these health disparities.

Earlier this year, research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington revealed that women have experienced greater negative social and economic impacts than men as a result of the pandemic and years of gender equality progress could be reversed as a result.

The greatest and most persistent gender gap was seen in employment and uncompensated labor, with 26 per cent of women reporting a loss of work compared with 20 per cent of men globally in September 2021.

Women and girls were also more likely to drop out of school and more likely to report an increase in gender-based violence than men and boys.

Globally, women and girls were more likely to drop out of education than men and boys. The largest gender gaps were seen in central Europe, eastern Europe and central Asia, where four times more women than men dropped out of education. Overall, 54 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men said they perceived that gender-based violence had increased in their community during the pandemic.

Related: Future pandemic plans outlined

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