Doctors of the World UK has carried out a Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) to better understand the experiences of excluded groups at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read their report outlining the study’s key themes and recommendations for removing barriers to information and healthcare.
The closure of services and some GP registrations, a lack of access to technology, distrust and fear of authorities, unsuitable or insecure accommodation, and reduced income are among the many challenges facing people in vulnerable circumstances in England. Excluded groups such as sex workers and asylum seekers are being left behind in the UK’s COVID-19 response as control measures amplify existing health inequalities and put life-saving advice and care further out of reach.
Working with service providers and people with lived experience, researchers looked at the pandemic’s effect on a wide range of groups: refugees; people seeking asylum, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children; undocumented migrants, including survivors of trafficking; people in and recently released from immigration detention; people experiencing homelessness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; sex workers and people recently released from prison.
Read the full Rapid Needs Assessment here.