Seychelles is an island located off the East Africa Coast. Despite heavy investment in infrastructure and social services since it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, it experiences various health challenges. Top among them is the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases and a rapidly aging population (Bovet et al., 2013, 9). The high prevalence of non-communicable diseases can be attributed to various socio-economic factors. A 2012 study found out that the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases was higher among the populations of low socio-economic status (Stringhini et al., 2012, 5). The paper focuses on various drivers of health inequalities in Seychelles and the role of health care providers in addressing it.
Health inequalities refer to the systemic health differences among people in different positions in the society. They are as a result of differences in social status among the different members of the society. For instance, non-communicable diseases in Seychelles are more prevalent among the people of low socio-economic status. The perception of obesity, which is linked to various non-communicable diseases, is also dependent on various socio-economic factors (ALwan et al., 2010, 8). However, another study carried out in the country showed that socio-economic factors and gender do not significantly affect the perception of the population on BMI (Rousson et al., 2011, 6). The socio-economic factors that lead to health inequalities include poverty and income distribution, salary distribution, gender, education, and ethnicity. (Ministry of Health Seychelles, 2011, 27). Though these inequalities are unfair and avoidable, they persist in many regions of the world (Graham, 2015, 23)….