Welsh Health Equity Status Report initiative (WHESRi) report: Placing health equity at the heart of the COVID-19 sustainable response and recovery: Building prosperous lives for all in Wales. It has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre at Public Health Wales in close collaboration with the Welsh Government and the WHO regional Office for Europe, and the Venice Office, as part of a global initiative to tackle health inequities. The report is intended to help inform a sustainable response and recovery from COVID-19 in Wales, reinforcing our understanding of the strong relationships between individual, community and societal well-being as well as links with the wider economy.
We hope this report will support a better understanding of the wider, less visible impacts of COVID-19 on issues such as poverty and deprivation, social exclusion, unemployment, education, the digital divide, harmful housing and working conditions, violence and crime. It also highlights the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on specific groups such as children and young people, women, key workers and ethnic minorities.
There is now an opportunity for a transformative recovery; accelerating innovation and bridging socio-economic gaps in health, education, housing, income and employment – advancing green solutions, and ensuring the well-being of current and future generations. Consequently, Placing health equity at the heart of the COVID-19 sustainable response and recovery: Building prosperous lives for all in Wales describes both the challenges and the opportunities that recovery could offer.
We hope this report is of interest and feel free to circulate to relevant colleagues and networks. Press release available here.