Maria Yury Ichihara and colleagues at the Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (Cidacs) at Fiocruz in Brazil will create a social disparities index to measure inequalities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unequal access to healthcare, to identify regions that are more vulnerable to infection and to better focus prevention efforts. In Brazil, markers of inequality are associated with COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. They will develop the index available COVID-19 surveillance data, hosted on the Cidacs platform, and build a public data visualisation dashboard to share the index and patterns of COVID-19 incidence and mortality with the broader community. This will enable health managers and policymakers to monitor the pandemic situation in the most vulnerable populations and target social and health interventions.
to combat the effects of social and economic inequality in Brazil on the impact of COVID-19 by creating a social disparities index and visualisation dashboard to help identify vulnerable populations and focus prevention efforts.