The Other Front Line Alliance (OFL) aims to give voice to the millions of people bearing the brunt of poverty and inequalities. It was established as the COVID pandemic picked up speed and began to exacerbate these inequalities.

The Trust is a member of the OFL Alliance - an international network of organisations working with and advocating for these groups. Members are recruiting and supporting local people as OFL journalists and bloggers to tell stories from their own communities. These are stories of risks and harm, but also of strength, solidarity and resistance.

The OFL Alliance was launched in November 2020. It is coordinated by a team led by the inaugural Chair of People’s Health Trust, Professor Jennie Popay from Lancaster University.

The Other Front Line journalists/bloggers are uniquely placed to shed light on how the pandemic has affected those already hardest hit by systemic inequalities and limited governmental responses to Covid-19. The Alliance will continue to provide a platform for these groups as countries begin to develop strategies to recover from the pandemic. Currently drawn from groups and communities in Brazil, the USA and across Europe the Alliance will be expanding to other countries and groups.

The stories, blog, videos, audio reports, photographs and artwork-are freely available for non-commercial use on the Other Front Line website.

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The Other Front Line (OFL) will bring into the public sphere the stories of people deeply harmed by the social injustices that, for decades, have scarred most societies. For anyone willing to see it, the devastating brunt of the Covid19 pandemic and limited mainstream policy responses to it have exacerbated these pre-existing social, economic and health inequalities. If the pursuit of greater social and health equity is not put at the centre of recovery strategies these inequalities will only widen.

Professor Popay

Lead Co-ordinator

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