Special Issue "Public Health Resilience and Vector-Borne Diseases"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. David Harley
Guest Editor
Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mater Research Institute-UQ, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4101, Australia
Interests: epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; health services research; adult developmental disability medicine; indigenous health
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Dr. Elvina Viennet
Guest Editor
Clinical Services and Research, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059, Australia
Interests: medical and veterinary epidemiology; bio-ecology; infectious diseases; vector-borne diseases; transfusion-transmitted infections; climate change
Dr. Craig Williams
Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
Interests: medical entomology; mosquito-borne diseases; public health; citizen science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of resilience is being used increasingly in the field of public health. For instance, Health 2020, the WHO health policy framework developed to assist European countries in their individual and collective pursuits of health, equity, and well-being, has resilience as one of the four cross-cutting priority areas for action (i.e., creating resilient communities and supportive environments). More particularly, Health 2020 states that “building resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting health and well-being at both the individual and community levels”. It specifies that collaboration among policy sectors and the full engagement of civil society are crucial for the development of supportive environments that are instrumental in building and strengthening resilience to improve health and well-being. All three levels for resilience—individual, community, and system—are crucial and especially appropriate for the design of sustainable programs for the control of vector-borne disease.

This Special Issue of The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health will bring together papers encompassing all levels of resilience in relation to vector-borne disease. We welcome papers that address, from any perspective, the incorporation of resilience in health systems for the control of vector-borne diseases and the resilience capacity that can be applied to these levels (i.e. absorptive, adaptive, anticipatory, and transformative).

Assoc. Prof. David Harley
Dr. Elvina Viennet
Assoc. Prof. Craig Williams
Guest Editors

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.


  • vector-borne disease
  • resilience
  • public health
  • individual
  • community
  • system
  • well-being

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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