Migrant Health – Weekly update

  1. Migrant Health Guide

Lots of updates to the Migrant Health Guide. The following pages have major updates:

Communicable disease pages have also been updated with new prevalence statistics and guidance on testing and management:

Country pages that have been updated this week:

  1. Digital exclusion and health inequalities

To support the Health Foundation’s COVID-19 impact inquiry, Good Things Foundation, the Health Foundation and the King’s Fund joined to convene a diverse group of people with a shared interest in tackling digital exclusion and health inequalities. The workshop was also an opportunity to make and strengthen connections, and share experience on promising approaches, opportunities and how to achieve sustained and inclusive change. Their paper gives an overview of digital exclusion and its relationship to health, social and economic aspects of people’s lives; who is affected; how the pandemic has impacted on this; and what responses we have seen.

  1. Report on migration and vulnerability during the pandemic

A new report on migration and vulnerability during the pandemic was produced as part of the University of Birmingham Vulnerable Migrants’ Wellbeing Project led by Professor Jenny Phillimore (and funded by the Nuffield Foundation and ESRC IAA). The report, which shows significant unmet healthcare needs and deep digital divide in migrant patients during first wave of the pandemic, draws on Doctors of the World’s anonymised service users’ data at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. Amongst the key findings of the report:

  • The average number of consultations per month dropped drastically from approximately 170 before the pandemic to 50 during the pandemic
  • Service Users were much more likely to find themselves in inadequate housing
  • Significant barriers to GP registration remained
  • Percentage of undocumented service users decreased, while the percentage of asylum seekers increased.
  • There was a significant increase in service users reporting ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health.

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