Families face a serious health crisis

African and African-Caribbean families have some of the worse health and wellbeing outcomes in the UK

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Health Crisis

African and Caribbean communities struggle with poor physical and mental health

Prime Minister Theresa May is aware of the shocking health and social inequalities facing ethnic minorities in the UK but sadly few African and African-Caribbean people are aware of what is happening. Here are the key issues that the Afrikan Food Hall is determined to challenge.

Babies Are Dying Early

Infant death is a rare occurrence in advanced economies like the UK but the sad truth is that African-Caribbean babies born in Britain are twice as likely to die in their first year as for white British or Bangladeshi babies.

Increasing Rates of Breast Cancer African and African-Caribbean women in England are more likely to get advanced breast cancer than white women.

It was concluded that late-stage disease affected 22% of African women and 23% of African-Caribbean women compared to 13% of white women.

African Women Detained in Hospital

There’s a huge number of ethnic minorities detained under mental health Act of 1983 in England and Wales. African women in 2014/15 were seven times more likely to be detained than white British women.

Poverty is a big problem

African and African-Caribbean working-age adults had a higher rate of poverty compared with white people in Britain in 2012/13.

African and African-Caribbean children were living in households with a high rate of poverty in 2012/13 – between 43.3% and 48.8%.

Mental Health Out Of Control

During 2014/15, African and African-Caribbean communities had the highest proportion of people who had spent time in hospital in that year, which meant that 12.7 people per 100 who were in contact with mental health and learning disability services from these ethnic communities spent at least one night in hospital in that year. This rate is the highest figure for any other ethnic minorities and more than doubles the figure for white adults of 6.1 people per 100.

Obesity Is Spreading in the Community

A recent study found that African and African-Caribbean girls were more likely to be overweight than other ethnic groups and the same study found that African-Caribbean girls are more likely to be obese. Another survey has found that African-Caribbean women were twice as likely to have morbid obesity compared with women in general. Both men and women in these ethnic groups are overweight or are suffering from obesity.

The chance of getting a wide range of diseases and illnesses including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis and cancer are related to overweight and obesity.

Life expectancy cut short

Many African and African-Caribbean people find themselves living in low socio-economic groups.
Unfortunately people in low socio-economic groups tend to die early.
Men and women in the highest socio-economic group can expect to live up to 7 years longer than those in the lower socio-economic groups (based on life expectancy at birth).