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Special Issue "Challenges in Global Health: Environmental Perspectives"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2023 | Viewed by 152

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As emphasised in the recent World Health Organization priority setting regarding health challenges, health is a major consideration in planning a sustainable future, with the world facing major challenges from climate change. Climate change, if unchecked, will impact health directly through increasing heat-related mortality and facilitating the spread of infectious diseases. Other environmental impacts on health reflect problems such as pollution, sanitation and water supply.

Another major area of concern is equity in access to effective healthcare and medicines, and in the provision of effectively resourced and staffed healthcare. Healthcare planning faces challenges from changing disease patterns: the recent COVID epidemic has highlighted risks for the spread of new infectious diseases, and in effective planning for pandemics.

More particular issues in the burden of health include the growth of non-communicable diseases in less developed countries, the worldwide growth in the levels of obesity, and the disease burden related to population ageing (for example, dementia and multimorbidity). Mental and physical ill health related to drug and alcohol dependence are also major health problems worldwide.

This Special Issue will particularly focus on research into understanding such global health challenges which uses principles, concepts and methods from geographic and spatial epidemiology. For example, health inequalities are spatially defined, related to area demography and to pure place effects (i.e., composition and context), and such spatial heterogeneity is an important consideration in planning effective healthcare. Differential exposure to environmental risks similarly implies spatially varying burdens and vulnerability.

Prof. Dr. Peter Congdon
Guest Editor

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  • global health challenges
  • health and the environment
  • health inequalities
  • geographic epidemiology
  • spatial health inequalities
  • pandemics

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