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The health impacts of war and armed conflict

Edited by:
Aldina Mešić, PhD, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 1 April 2025

Population Health Metrics is calling for submissions to our Collection on The health impacts of war and armed conflict.

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New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 1 - No PovertySDG 2 – Zero HungerSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingSDG 6 – Clean Water and SanitationSDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

About the Collection

The latest Global Burden of Disease estimates indicate that conflict and terrorism were responsible for 96,500 deaths (95 UI:  83 400–114, 000) in 2021. These statistics highlight the critical importance of addressing the health consequences of armed conflicts globally. The Uppsala Conflict Data Program documented 59 active state-based conflicts in 2023, marking the highest number recorded since data recording began in 1946. Nine ongoing wars in Ukraine, Gaza, and South Sudan accounting for the most fatalities, while non-state conflicts persist along Latin American drug trafficking routes. Beyond the immediate casualties, limited access and availability of essential services, disrupted supply chains, damaged infrastructure, and infectious disease outbreaks have lasting negative impacts on population health.

This Collection seeks to advance knowledge in population health measures and the policy implications for populations affected by war and armed conflict. We encourage research on novel methods for measuring health impacts which can inform health systems strengthening, humanitarian aid, and conflict resolution efforts. While we welcome studies exploring a variety of health consequences related to armed conflict, we encourage advanced methodological approaches rather than descriptive reports. Also, we invite research into health inequalities, recognizing that most wars and armed conflict disproportionately affect vulnerable populations globally.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original research. Should you wish to submit a different article type, 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. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “The health impacts of war and armed conflict" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all 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.