Special Issue "Rural and Remote Health"
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: closed (31 March 2020).
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We are organising a Special Issue on “Rural and Remote Health” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
The provision of healthcare to rural and remote communities across the globe is challenging. Approximately half of the global population (45% in 2018) lives in rural areas and this proportion is expected to drop to 32% by 2050. Currently the global rural population is close to 3.4 billion, with Africa and Asia home to 90% of the world’s rural population. While the rural population is expected to peak in the coming years, the provision of adequate healthcare to these people is of paramount importance. The cost of providing healthcare to rural and remote communities is significant in both economic, social and environmental terms. It is important to consider the linkages with urban areas, to assist in providing integrated health services to rural communities.
To help reduce the health inequities of people living in rural and remote locations, governments, policy makers, health professionals and communities need to work together to provide innovative solutions to developing a sustainable rural health workforce and healthcare. The advancement of telehealth and other technologies to increase the reach of health care to these communities has been beneficial, but there is still a requirement to ensure equitable access to health workers in rural areas.
At the 71st World Health Assembly held in May 2018, the ‘triple billion’ targets were approved as part of the World Health Organisation’s new five year strategic plan. By 2023, the targets aims to achieve:
- 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage;
- 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and
- 1 billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing.
To achieve these targets, it is important to consider the WHO Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) and Universal Health Coverage to help “ensure that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without financial hardship” [World Health Organisation].
This Special Issue will explore the many different approaches to the provision of healthcare in rural and remote communities globally, including health workforce development, integrated healthcare, telehealth, technological advancements in health, environmental health, education and training, capacity building in rural communities, health policy, universal health coverage, and Indigenous health. The issue is open to any topic related to rural and remote health. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Assoc. Prof. Rohan Rasiah
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 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.
- Rural and remote health
- Health workforce
- Participation and social inclusion
- Health education and training
- Telehealth, information communication technology (ICT)
- Integrated care
- Multidisciplinary healthcare
- Quality of life
- Social participation
- Holistic approaches
- Health literacy
- Health behaviour and health seeking
- Health knowledge, attitudes, practice
- Community participation
- Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations
- Health policy
- Primary healthcare
- Universal health coverage
- Environmental health