Special Issue "The COVID-19 Pandemic: Reshaping Public Health Policy Response Envisioning Health as a Common Good"
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 (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 8551
Interests: environmental epidemiology; public health; refugees and migrants; education; ethics
The COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a health crisis, but it clearly extends to many aspects such as economy, trading, inequalities, environment, ethics. Firstly, it showed how health systems throughout the world were unprepared in tackling such a dramatic, but predicted emergency.
The pandemic has forced governments, economies, research and health systems to challenge their limits in terms of preparedness and response. Still, the pandemic represents an opportunity for governments to tackle underlying problems besetting health systems and renew themselves through more inclusive public health policies and best-practices.
The COVID-19 crisis urgently calls to see health as a common and global good; hence requiring a broader perspective.
Thus, Planetary One Health approach is getting the lead for environmental-health communicable diseases control systems by integrating ecosystem changes monitoring.
Socio-economic drivers must also be taken into proper account. To be more resilient to the coming crisis, academics, entrepreneurs and policy makers should promote theoretical work providing the means to global economies to adopt “multiple forms of value and political work that embeds these theories in societal institutions” . Such a need must consider the urgency of the impending Climate Crisis, as “Nature is sending us a message”  by means of COVID-19.
- Mair, S. Neoliberal economics, planetary health, and the COVID-19 pandemic: A Marxist ecofeminist analysis Lancet Planet Health 2020, 4, e588–e596. doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30252-7.
- Andersen, I. Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, March 2020. Available online: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/coronavirus-nature-is-sending-us-a-message-says-un-environment-chief (accessed on 22 February 2021).
Dr. Paolo Lauriola
Dr. Domenico Vito
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- public health policies
- climatic crisis and health professionals
- ecological transition
- economic transition
- cultural transition
- democratic transition
- One Health
- Planetary Health
- global health