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The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems

Editors:
Mihajlo Jakovljevic: Hosei University, Japan
Narimasa Kumagai: Seinan Gakuin University, Japan
Munjae Lee: Ajou University, Republic of Korea

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023


Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation is calling for submissions to our Collection on The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems.

Low-and-Middle-Income countries typically expose large inequalities in affordability and accessibility of medical care associated with prolonged waiting lists for invasive radiology, implantation surgery, and novel pharmaceuticals. Boomerang effect of rising health care expenditure remains induced by denied preventive and early screening / diagnostic services. Typically, this leads to intensive care unit hospital admissions in an advanced stage of diverse noncommunicable diseases when they are much more difficult and expensive to treat. Global South’s LMICs nations also suffer from double burden of noncommunicable diseases and traditional infectious diseases whose prevalence pool has not been successfully liquidated unlike in many Global North regions. Among the core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that remains to the achieved universal health coverage (UHC) and struggle against catastrophic health expenditure.

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to the following Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No Poverty, 3 - Good Health and Well-being, 10 – Reduced Inequalities, 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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Meet the Editors

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Mihajlo Jakovljevic: Hosei University, Japan

Mihajlo Jakovljevic MD PhD MAE is the only representative of Serbia ever elected in UNESCO-TWAS Academy Membership. Since 2018, he is appointed to top tier EACHR Committee, World Health Organization. Holds Professorship at Hosei University Tokyo, Japan, funded by the JSPS; Expert Affiliate of the Center for Health Trend and Forecasts, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington since 2016; held Forte-funded Senior Visiting position at Lund University, Sweden, 2018-2020. He published app.300 papers in refereed journals (72,000 citations, Hirsch factor 64). In 2015, he was the first ever nominated candidate based in Eastern Europe for the elections of the International Health Economics Association Board of Directors. In Editor-in-Chief capacity he leads prestigious CERA, BMC journal (IF=2.803) Founding Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Health Economics 2016 - 2021 (IF=6.461). Ordinary Fellow of Academia Europaea, London as the first representative of Serbia Elected to the Section Clinical and Veterinary Medicine amongst app. 800 members. Jakovljevic’s long term focus remains on health financing and affordability issues in the emerging global markets.

Narimasa Kumagai: Seinan Gakuin University, Japan

Narimasa Kumagai currently works at Seinan Gakuin University. He holds a PhD in Economics from Hiroshima University, Japan. Dr. Kumagai is a member of the International Health Economics Association and was awarded the Annual Excellent Paper Award 2009 from Japan Health Economics Association.


Munjae Lee: Ajou University, Republic of Korea

Munjae Lee is an Assistant Professor at Ajou University, School of Medicine, Republic of Korea. Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Healthcare Management, from College of Health Science, Korea University. His main research interests are Healthcare Management, Health Policy, Medical Device Industry, and Digital Healthcare.

About the Collection

The Global South is a geo-economic designation referring to a large variety of societies primarily located in the Southern Hemisphere comprising mostly of Latin America, Africa and Asian developing nations with a few exceptions located in Eastern Europe, Balkans, and Caucasus. Innovation in agricultural technologies, growing living standards, rural-urban migration of a scale, occurrence of mega cities, consumption of processed foods and sedentary lifestyle were milestones of industrial development across the Global South during the last half a century. This array of circumstances has created a strong impetus towards explosion of prevalence and incidence of expensive, chronic and mostly incurable noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Coupled with population aging and innovations in medical technology this burden of disease landscape continues to challenge health financing sustainability across the Global South’s Low-and-Middle-Income countries (LMICs).

Low-and-Middle-Income countries typically expose large inequalities in affordability and accessibility of medical care associated with prolonged waiting lists for invasive radiology, implantation surgery and novel pharmaceuticals. Boomerang effect of rising health care expenditure remains induced by denied preventive and early screening / diagnostic services. Typically, this leads to intensive care unit hospital admissions in an advanced stage of diverse NCDs when they are much more difficult and expensive to treat. Global South’s LMICs nations also suffer from double burden of NCDs and traditional infectious diseases whose prevalence pool has not been successfully liquidated unlike in many Global North regions. Among the core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that remains to the achieved universal health coverage (UHC) and struggle against catastrophic health expenditure.

Nowadays vast majority of world population and resources reside in the Southern Hemisphere. At the same time real gross domestic product (GPD) growth engines worldwide are Emerging Markets who typically belong to this group of nations. Their local governments continue to struggle to accelerate innovation, improve access to education expand health insurance coverage, increase density of medical staff, eradicate frequent shortages of medicines. Special focus is on the effort to improve health of the populations residing in rural and remote areas far away from hotbeds of economic activity such as Asian coastal industrial region and mega cities.

This Collection will welcome all sorts of contributions, coming from Global North and South alike attempting to narrow knowledge gaps in seminal literature and fulfil the vast unmet needs of these communities.

The Collection The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems relates and advances research surrounding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has been adopted by all United Nations Member States. Specific SDGs for this Collection include: 1 – No Poverty, 3 - Good Health and Well-being, 10 – Reduced Inequalities, 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

  1. Chinese health system remains the crucial one for understanding the wider healthcare landscape across the Global South and in particular the leading Emerging Markets. Purpose of our observation was to understa...

    Authors: Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Hanyu Chang, Jay Pan, Chao Guo, Jin Hui, Hao Hu, Danko Grujic, Zhong Li and Lizheng Shi
    Citation: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2023 21:59

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes all sorts of submissions. Should you wish to know more please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.