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Call for papers - Maternal and child access to health and healthcare

Guest Editors:
Jennifer Harris Requejo: Global Financing Facility for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, World Bank, USA
Lynn Kemp: Western Sydney University, Australia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 18 April 2024 
 


BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Maternal and child access to health and healthcare. With mothers and children making up over 2/3 of the whole population, improving their health outcomes is a global critical priority. Numerous challenges hinder effective access to healthcare services for women and children, particularly in marginalized communities. Addressing these challenges requires evidence-based research which can inform policies and interventions aimed at enhancing maternal and child access to health and healthcare.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Jennifer Harris Requejo: Global Financing Facility for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, World Bank; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Jennifer Requejo is currently a Senior Advisor at the Global Financing Facility for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health at the World Bank. Prior to joining the GFF, Jennifer was the Chief of the Health and HIV unit within the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning, and Monitoring at UNICEF Headquarters. Her portfolio involved leading the data and analytical activities of the immunization, HIV, and maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health teams and coordinating with other United Nations agencies and partners on the development of technical products.  Jennifer has expertise in policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, measurement, and qualitative and quantitative methods.

Lynn Kemp: Western Sydney University, Australia

Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp is Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation group in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and Ingham Institute. Lynn has developed a significant program of community-based child health research that includes world and Australian-first intervention studies such as the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) study and the subsequent right@home randomized trial of sustained nurse home visiting, and the Volunteer Family Connect study, the world’s largest trial of volunteer home visiting. She is extensively published and funded with over $20 million career research funding, five book chapters and over 100 peer reviewed publications.


About the collection

BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Maternal and child access to health and healthcare. 

With mothers and children making up over 2/3 of the whole population, improving their health outcomes is a global critical priority. Equal access to quality healthcare plays a pivotal role in ensuring their well-being, reducing maternal and infant mortality rates and promoting overall population health. 

Numerous challenges hinder effective access to healthcare services for women and children, particularly in marginalized communities. Addressing these challenges requires evidence-based research which can inform policies and interventions aimed at enhancing maternal and child access to health and healthcare. 

The objective of this collection is to identify barriers and propose innovative strategies to improve access to quality healthcare services for women and children in diverse settings. We welcome submissions looking at:

  • The determinants of maternal and child access to health and healthcare: investigating the social, economic, cultural and geographic factors that influence the utilization of healthcare services during pregnancy, childbirth and childhood
  • The barriers to healthcare access: identifying and analyzing the barriers and challenges faced by women and children in accessing healthcare services, including financial constraints, transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, cultural practices and gender disparities
  • Quality of maternal and child healthcare services: including antenatal care, postnatal care and  immunization programs
  • Community-based interventions: assessing the impact and effectiveness of community-based healthcare programs, outreach initiatives and innovative models of service delivery in improving access to maternal and child healthcare
  • Policy and health system strengthening: examining policy frameworks, health system strategies and governance mechanisms that can support and strengthen maternal and child healthcare access with a focus on equity, affordability and quality




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  1. Access to childcare is an understudied social determinant of health (SDOH). Our health system established a childcare facility for patients to address childcare barriers to healthcare. Recognizing that social ...

    Authors: Anisha P. Ganguly, Kristin S. Alvarez, Sheryl R. Mathew, Virali Soni, Suman Vadlamani, Bijal A. Balasubramanian and Kavita P. Bhavan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:639
  2. While mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of hepatitis B virus (HBV) remains a significant challenge in China, research investigating the effectiveness of the September 2017 pilot program to eliminate MTCT of ...

    Authors: Ya-Li Luo, Shuang Gao, Quan-Fu Zhang, Xian Liu, Ding-Yan Lv, Jia-Hong Chen and Wei Wang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:58
  3. The uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) remains unacceptably low, with more than two-thirds of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa sti...

    Authors: Kadiatou Koita, Joel D. Bognini, Efundem Agboraw, Mahamadou Dembélé, Seydou Yabré, Biébo Bihoun, Oumou Coulibaly, Hamidou Niangaly, Jean-Batiste N’Takpé, Maia Lesosky, Dario Scaramuzzi, Eve Worrall, Jenny Hill, Valérie Briand, Halidou Tinto and Kassoum Kayentao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:43
  4. Despite the growing importance given to ensuring high-quality childbirth, perinatal good practices have been rapidly disrupted by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This study aimed at describing the childbirth care provide...

    Authors: Edoardo Corsi Decenti, Michele Antonio Salvatore, Donatella Mandolini, Letizia Sampaolo, Paola D’Aloja and Serena Donati
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2023 23:2562

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. 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. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Maternal and child access to health and healthcare" 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.