The tight movement restrictions introduced around the world to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease have had far-reaching consequences. These include effects on access to healthcare. People living in slums have been particularly hard hit.
Slums are characterised by structural and institutional inadequacies. These spaces enable viruses to spread rapidly and heighten the risk of community transmission of diseases. Also, slum residents face a disproportionate burden of ill-health. Effective public health strategies in slums can’t overlook the perspectives, insights and solutions offered by those who work and live in them. Identifying challenges and finding solutions with those closest to the issue is essential.