The COVID-19 crisis has shone a light on the danger of pandemics; social crises have shone a light on the danger of inequalities. The good news is that both challenges can be overcome – if they are confronted as one.Learn More
We can beat pandemics and we can protect the health of all if we are bold in tackling inequalities, if we place human rights at the centre of our response.Winnie Byanyima UNAIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Facts about inequality
- Countries with higher rates of income inequality have higher rates of death of COVID-19, of AIDS deaths, and of HIV infection.
- During COVID-19, while high-income countries put billions into health and social spending to fight the pandemic’s effects, in 2021 almost half of all developing countries cut health spending, and about 70% cut spending on education.
- Around the world gay men are more likely than other men to be living with HIV. How much more is determined by policy.