COVID-19 affects everything – more than a disease control plan, we need a manifesto

In this new piece, former Medact Director and Professor of Global Public Health David McCoy discusses the need for a much broader, whole-societal response to COVID-19.

Responding to coronavirus ─ intersections with war, militarised violence and the arms industry

Medact Peace & Security Campaigner Reem Abu-Hayyeh looks at the legacies of war and militarised violence, their impacts on countries’ ability to respond to coronavirus, and how the UK could act to right injustices.

Supporting migrants to access healthcare during this crisis

The COVID-19 Pandemic has thrown fresh light and scrutiny on our NHS. Alongside the heroism of healthcare workers and the hard work being done to counter the virus, the crisis has also reinforced...

Responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the serious health inequalities that exist both in the UK and across the world. In response we have seen incredible kindness, and witnessed all kinds of actions to both serve our both communities immediate needs, and to tackle some of the inequalities that threaten to worsen the problem.

To fight this pandemic, we must radically re-imagine public health

Our public health is only as strong as our economic and social fabric.

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