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The UK Academy of Medical Sciences (UK AMS) and IAP issued the report ‘Global Health Inequalities: Research for a fairer future’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly severe impact on disadvantaged and marginalised populations that experienced higher levels of SARS-CoV-2 infection, at least in the early stages of the pandemic, and worse health outcomes. Moreover, these populations were affected by the indirect effects of the pandemic, such as reduced access to other health services and disrupted education.

In 2022 the UK AMS and the InterAcademy Partnership organised a series of workshops, at which participants from 25 countries shared their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on health inequalities, with a specific focus on the role of Universal Health Coverage. The goal was to identify the identify priority areas for research into such inequalities and the key points from these workshops are included in the report.

In addition, UKAMS and IAP prepared a joint communique’ that provides a framework on using research to address global health inequalities and making universal healthcare possible, please see the full news article ‘Participants from 25 countries collaborate on health inequalities research framework (interacademies.org)’ (the communique’ is available in English and Spanish).

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