Facts and figures

Findings from the Afiya Trust show that ’many minority ethnic communities experience poorer health in comparison to the national population‘ and that there is a wider disparity in the access to health and social care services.

In addition, the Afiya Trust reports the following findings on pages 6 and 7 of its report Achieving Equality in Health and Social Care: A framework for action:

  • Self-reported health problems like anxiety, respiratory problems and chest pains were up to five times more likely among Gypsy and Traveller communities.
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers have significantly higher levels of ill health due to trauma, isolation and immunity related problems, sexual health, disability and undiagnosed issues.
  • The infant mortality rate in England and Wales for children born to mothers form Pakistan is double the average.
  • The risk of cardiovascular and renal complications is greater in patients from South Asian backgrounds, with 50% higher mortality.
  • People from minority ethnic communities are up to six times more likely to develop diabetes. 
  • People of Africana and Caribbean origin are at increased risk of having a stroke.
  • South Asians have a higher incidence of liver cancer when compared to the general population. 
  • There is a higher incidence of dementia and depression among minority ethnic women over the age of 65.
  • Young people from BME groups show disproportionate experience of many of the known risk factors for developing mental health problems.

For more information, see the NHS’s report Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England - 2009-10.

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