The Health Impacts of COVID-19 on those Most Left Behind

COVID-19 brought to light the gross inequities faced by people who are marginalized and minority populations:

African American and Latino residents in the U.S. have the highest rates of hospitalized and non-hospitalized COVID-19 infection and death rates - more than double those of White and Asian residents
Asian Americans are 57% more likely to be hospitalized, and 49% more likely to die from COVID-19 than Whites
Indigenous populations are three times as likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to White Americans
Women experienced devastating effects from COVID. For example, in Kenya, teen pregnancy rates tripled in some counties in just the first months of the pandemic
The LGBTQI+ community faced challenges accessing healthcare due to many services being considered "non-essential" - including HIV prevention, testing and treatment, and gender-affirming care
Disruption in immunization services during the pandemic has led to at least 80 million children being at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.
Across the globe, government responses to COVID were varied and fragmented. As variants continue to emerge, it is clear that this pandemic is far from over. So how can we ensure a more equitable response to the pandemic, and other critical health needs, moving forward?

In recent months, Global Health Council has evaluated this issue from many angles. We conducted an extensive literature review and listened to those most affected about their lived experiences. In our latest report, The Health Impacts of COVID-19 on those Most Left Behind, we used this information to highlight the challenges, triumphs, and shortcomings of the COVID-19 pandemic response and outline recommendations for a more equitable path forward.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19 and prepares for future global health crises, governments and other stakeholders must better support these communities.

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