COVID-19 in LMICs: The Need to Place Stigma Front and Centre to its Response
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COVID-19 has caused unprecedented health, economic and societal impacts across the world, including many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The pandemic and its fallout have laid bare deep-seated social and economic inequalities with marginalised groups being at greater risk of infection and being disproportionately affected by containment measures and their socioeconomic consequences. Stigma is a central element to such inequalities but remains largely overlooked in the debate on the response to COVID-19, including in LMICs. Yet we know from experiences with other infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola that disease-related stigma is detrimental to halting and controlling pandemics and achieving equitable development. Emerging evidence suggests that stigma associated with COVID-19 is already taking hold. This paper assesses potential driving factors of COVID-19-related stigma, and how this intersects with existing stigma fault lines and explores mechanisms through which COVID-19-related stigma may be counteracted, with a focus on LMICs.Please note: This is an article preprint. Please see external link under 'More details' below for online publisher version.
CitationRoelen, K.; Ackley, C.; Boyce, P.; Farina, N. and Ripoll, S. (2020) COVID-19 in LMICs: The Need to Place Stigma Front and Centre to its Response. The European Journal of Development Research [Preprint]. October 6, 2020
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SponsorThis work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on NTDs at Brighton and Sussex Medical School using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.
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