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

Wednesday 10 November, 09:00 - 12:40

Organised by:

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


Right from the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, one of its unique features was being defined as a syndemic due to the clustering of diseases on a background of social and economic disparity that exacerbate the adverse effects of each separate disease. The Lancet drew attention to this as the syndemic nature of the threat as it requires more nuanced approach to protect the health in particular the disadvantaged communities. Migrant and ethnic minority communities in Europe have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic, fuelled by more transmissible variants and country responses hampered by slow vaccine rollouts as well as poor socio-economic circumstances such as poor housing and overrepresentation of migrants and ethnic minorities in frontline essential jobs. The National responses have varied greatly ranging from being migrants and ethnic minorities inclusive to countries where these groups have been largely excluded from the national responses to date. The implementation (or lack) of  tailored and targeted strategies to minimise the continuing impact of the syndemic on migrant and ethnic minority population needs to be reviewed and the lessons learned documented. Themes such as communication (in prevention/promotion), community engagement, overcrowding, entitlements to health care and cross-cultural communication in clinical practice among others relevant for migrant and ethnic minority communities need to be discussed and recommendations need to be made. This on-line pre-conference is organised by the EUPHA Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health section and Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health. It will address these important issues head-on by bringing together leading scholars to discuss some key perspectives on the abovementioned issues.

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

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Registration fee

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