Indigenous Health in the
Philippines During COVID-19
A Review by Alden Gu, Student Researcher and Project Lead at ABCs for Global Health
The Aeta, the oldest indigenous people of the Philippines, remain socioeconomically disadvantaged due to social discrimination, economic instability, and widespread health disparities. Encroachment upon ancestral territory segregates and marginalizes Aeta communities, while high rates of malnutrition and parasitism run rampant. Futhermore, a lack of economic resources feeds a cycle of poverty that further exacerbates medical conditions in these communities.