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Essential Health Services and Systems during COVID-19 and Other Public Health Emergency

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 264

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Guest Editor
1. Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK
2. Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
3. Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, Tokyo 106-6234, Japan
Interests: health emergency; humanitarian crisis; health systems; universal health coverage; health financing; health services; human resources for health; surveillance; epidemiology; medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted timely access to health services for those in need, and its impact on essential health services and overall health systems has been continuing. At the same time, multiple acute public health events occur amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Complex emergencies in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, the Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, and Yemen, as well as humanitarian responses in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Sudan, need global attention and assistance. The recent food insecurity and drought in the Greater Horn of Africa, floods in Pakistan, and the Ebola outbreak by the Sudan virus in Uganda, again exposed the challenges of maintaining essential health services and achieving resilient health systems in the era of multiple health emergencies. Moreover, climate change has already started to exacerbate existing health threats and create new public health challenges, warranting innovative strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

This Special Issue welcomes solicited and unsolicited manuscripts that analyze the impact of COVID-19, other public health emergencies, and humanitarian crises on essential health services, overall health systems, and population health. In addition, review articles and brief reports that clearly argue how the impact has been mitigated in what ways in different settings (e.g., community, healthcare facilities, workplaces, and schools) are encouraged. Moreover, commentaries on health system building blocks and bold methodological proposals to achieve better monitoring and evaluation are considered. While submissions from any contexts that satisfy these objectives are welcomed, submissions that focus on low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings are highly appreciated. I wish that this Special Issue works as a platform to collect evidence, guide global health policy, and contribute to recovery and resilience of health systems.

Dr. Kazuki Shimizu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • health systems
  • COVID-19
  • health emergency
  • humanitarian crisis and emergencies
  • climate change
  • essential health services
  • resilience
  • health workforce
  • health information systems
  • leadership and governance

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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