covid:aid has joined the Inequalities in Health Alliance, as part of its aim to support all those in the UK significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Convened by the Royal College of Physicians [RCP], The Inequalities in Health Alliance is a coalition of organisations with an interest in improving the health of the UK who have come together to campaign for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.
The Inequalities in Health Alliance is asking the government to do three things:
Develop a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities
Commence the socio-economic duty, section 1 of the Equality Act 2010
Adopt a ‘child health in all policies’ approach.
Other organisations who are members of the alliance include Marie Curie, Versus Arthritis, Diabetes UK, Changing Lives, and Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Find the full list of members on the RCP website.
Michael MacLennan, founder and Chief Executive at covid:aid, said: “Covid-19 has painted a stark picture of inequality in the UK, with many groups disproportionately impacted.
“covid:aid is here to support all those significantly affected by Covid-19, and through being part of the Inequalities in Health Alliance we look forward to working with other organisations to reduce those factors which has seen many groups hit particularly hard by the pandemic.”
In 2020 the RCP commissioned a public opinion poll by Populus, which found that:
81% agreed that there should be a UK government strategy to reduce health inequality
78% agreed that all parts of government in each part of the UK should have to consider the impact of their policies on the less well off
For those not aware, covid:aid is the UK’s national charity dedicated to supporting those significantly affected by Covid-19.
By building an empowering and caring community, we want to help anyone who may not have found the right resources or support system to help. We provide a safe space where your voice can be heard, and you can gain access to support specific to your needs.
As a modern charity, we are also a platform for other charities, healthcare providers, grassroots groups, and other organisations. We inform, boost, and promote the advice and services they provide around issues such as Long Covid, grief and bereavement, trauma, vaccines, protection measures, and financial hardship.
By working together, we look towards a future in which every adult, young person, and child in the UK can easily find and access the vital support they need to overcome the traumatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.