BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on accessible, acceptable, and sustainable health care for migrants and refugees. Migration, referring to the movement of people from one place to another, either across or within state borders, is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. It can occur due to various factors, including economic opportunities, persecution, war, conflict, and environmental changes. Mass migration poses significant challenges to the health and well-being of migrants and refugees, as they often face barriers to accessing quality healthcare services and are at increased risk of physical and mental health issues.
In October 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever global research agenda on health, migration and displacement. The agenda prioritized the generation of evidence on inclusive universal health coverage and primary health care among these unresearched groups. It was also highlighted that multisectoral research is needed to address the determinants of health for migrant populations. By strengthening equitable and inclusive research collaborations, novel evidence and knowledge obtained could hopefully be translated into policy and practice that improve health and healthcare services for migrant populations.
In response to this global research agenda and to capture global efforts and novel approaches in this multi-disciplinary area, BMC Global and Public Health is pleased to announce a call for papers for our upcoming collection entitled ‘Making health care more accessible, acceptable and sustainable to migrants and refugees', guest edited by Dr. Wen Chen, from the School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
This call for papers seeks to advance our understanding of the health needs and experiences of migrants and refugees and the strategies and approaches that can make health care more accessible, acceptable, and sustainable for migrants and refugees.
We are now inviting the submission of manuscripts of outstanding interest covering the breadth of multi-disciplinary studies, ranging from observational to interventional, that are focused on migrant and refugee health and health care. We envision this work to inform future research, frameworks, intervention development, and policy.
We encourage submissions that address the following themes:
● Health disparities and inequalities among migrants and refugees
● Barriers to accessing healthcare systems for migrants and refugees
● Mental health and psychosocial well-being of migrants and refugees
● Infectious diseases and public health challenges in migrant and refugee populations
● Innovative models and approaches of health care delivery for migrants and refugees
● Policy and advocacy efforts to improve migrant and refugee health
We encourage work from local, regional, and global partnerships and collaboration among scientists from multi-disciplinary fields and the use of multiple methodologies. We ask that authors be attentive to the use of non-stigmatizing/preferred language in their manuscripts as outlined in relevant language guidelines for their respective fields.
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