Sussex Covid-19 BAME Disparity Response Programme

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Coronavirus affects different people in different ways. For some it can be a totally asymptomatic infection, whilst for others, it can sadly be fatal.

In response to the stark data showing that our Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are more likely to be affected by Covid-19, a Sussex wide programme has been created, with the aims to;

  • better understand the experiences and challenges faced by local BAME communities during Covid-19 and
  • use that information to inform and challenge our services to better support and protect you during the pandemic and beyond

In order to make a positive impact on

Coronavirus affects different people in different ways. For some it can be a totally asymptomatic infection, whilst for others, it can sadly be fatal.

In response to the stark data showing that our Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are more likely to be affected by Covid-19, a Sussex wide programme has been created, with the aims to;

  • better understand the experiences and challenges faced by local BAME communities during Covid-19 and
  • use that information to inform and challenge our services to better support and protect you during the pandemic and beyond

In order to make a positive impact on our communities, we need to understand your experiences of health care services within the last two years, how the pandemic has affected you and your household, and consider best ways to support you and your community as we learn to live with Covid-19.

Please get involved and help us help you.



Tell us about your experiences during Covid-19

We want to hear about your experiences of living through Covid-19. Your stories will help shape how we work together to help you to stay safe in the short term and address health inequalities in the longer term. 

Thank you for sharing your story with us. If you have any questions please feel free to post them on our questions section. 

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    Working through it

    by DM, 6 months ago

    I work in social care - sometimes described as frontline, although no direct physical contact with clients.

    However, as frontline the majority of staff have been expected to attend the workplace. I miss the quiet trains of April 2020! They're getting busier and clearly not everyone is going to/from work - especially around 17:45. Risk assessments for individual staff (including taking into account BAME background) did not take place until July 2020.

    Work could be done from home - and has been on occasion (cancelled trains, being symptomatic, pending test results if symptomatic) - and there are staff who have... Continue reading

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    Keeping Safe

    by The Surveyor, 7 months ago

    Since being advised to stay indoors, we relied on a wonderful neighbour and our daughter to provide us with food. Having a garden and a 'wii' it was not too daunting. We have now stocked up with non perishables so that in the event of the next wave, we will be well provisioned and not be a burden to others. We keep post 3 days before touching it, and any other delivery. We now order much on line to minimise going out. Although now being allowed out, we wear masks all the time and cross over to the other side... Continue reading

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    Self care to avoid COVID-19

    by Palo , 7 months ago

    I am a 65 year old Indian retired public health academic. During this pandemic I have returned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council temporary register but have not been asked to contribute as yet.

    I live with my husband who is English. We have adhered to the guidance to protect ourselves and others. We resist the temptation to unnecessarily go to crowded areas such as shopping centres or our local beach on hot days. We do have the Downs nearby and have our own garden.

    We have deliberately exercised most days to keep ourselves healthy and increased our fruit and... Continue reading

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