Pre-conference: Beyond the Covid-19 Syndemic: lessons learned for migrant and ethnic minority health

Wednesday 10 November, 09:00 - 12:40 CET

Organised by:

EUPHA Migrant and  ethnic  minority health section in collaboration with Global Society of Migration, Ethnicity, Race & Health


A syndemic is when two or more epidemics interact in time and place and share common underlying societal drivers. The COVID-19 syndemic is the devastating worldwide consequence of a virulent new infection interacting with non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and exacerbated by poverty, overcrowding, inadequate health care and other factors. Migrant and ethnic minority communities have been among the hardest hit, typically experiencing both higher hospitalisation and death rates and greater economic hardship. National and local responses have varied greatly: from inclusion and generosity to xenophobia and meanness. While a lack of reliable data and relevant research has impeded understanding, there have been some success stories in Europe and elsewhere. One thing is clear: the syndemic is far from over. New variants, long COVID and huge inequities in vaccination rates are adding to the wider social and economic damage.

This online pre-conference is organised by the EUPHA Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health section and the Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health. It will address three key themes for migrant and ethnic minority health. How can we improve data collection and research; identify and promote effective policies and services; and mitigate the long-term impact of the syndemic? Each theme will be addressed through a series of presentations by eminent speakers followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Planning Committee: Prof. Bernadette Kumar, Prof. Allan Krasnik, Prof. Laurence Gruer, Dr María Luisa Vázquez & Prof. Charles Agyemang)

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Registration fee

The registration fee is € 50 (inclusive of VAT). Pre-conferences can  be added to your registration after you have already registered. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration. You will receive an adjusted invoice by email. You can also register for the pre-conference only.