Christian Care in a Pandemic: Learning from the Global South
Covid 19 has illuminated grave inequalities enshrined within British society. The social cost will only emerge over the coming years but already we witness the disproportionate disease burden borne by those in lower income and insecure jobs, unable to stay at home because their ability to feed their family depends on their being on the front line. We witness the divide between those who can afford food and clothing for themselves and their children and those who cannot; between those families who are able to continue their schooling, working, worshipping and socialising online and those on the other side of the digital divide; between those living in cramped, multiple occupancy accommodation and those in houses with gardens.. As a result of Covid 19, we are all beginning to understand afresh how structural inequality negatively affects health and life outcomes. Housing, labour conditions, poor nutritional status (linked to the economics of food production and the high cost of healthy food) are all re-emerging in media discourse as public health concerns.