Health inequity and the effects of COVID‑19

Prior to the COVID‑19 pandemic, dramatic differences in health, linked to socioeconomic inequities, already existed between and within countries in the WHO European Region. COVID‑19 and its containment measures have exacerbated these and created new vulnerabilities through three key mechanisms: unequal socioeconomic impacts arising from both (i) the health effects of COVID‑19 and their inequities and (ii) COVID‑19 containment measures; and (iii) the bidirectional effects between the unequal socioeconomic impacts of COVID‑19 and non-COVID‑19-related health inequities. This publication sets out an agenda to address both pre-existing and new vulnerabilities and inequities by first identifying a range of key health-related socioeconomic impacts of COVID‑19 and its containment measures and, secondly, proposing mitigation measures to reduce them.

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Governmental / Institutional / Public Health Statutory Body Document
Communicable diseases, Financial security, social protection, social inclusion, access to care, poverty, Governance, Health in All Policies, Economy of Wellbeing, Health Impact Assessment, sustainable development, Health systems and services, primary health care, integrated systems, prevention services, health workforce

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