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Call for papers: Enhancing disease surveillance and response: community-based surveillance among crisis-affected populations

© Tania Seburyamo on behalf of WHOEdited by Jonathan Polonsky and Anna Kuehne 

Conflict and Health

Conflict and Health invites you to submit to our new collection on community-based surveillance (CBS) among crisis-affected populations. 

Since the 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, CBS has been increasingly recognized as a crucial component of surveillance of public health events in low- and middle-income countries, fragile states, and in areas affected by humanitarian crises – yet the evidence base related to the application and performance of CBS remains limited.

This collection welcomes papers that address key questions such as:

  • How can CBS be used to augment the formal public health surveillance system?
  • How effective and feasible is CBS in areas affected by crises?
  • What are the various methodological approaches to implementing CBS?
  • What are the key barriers to implementing CBS and how can they be overcome?

This collection is open to submissions of quantitative and qualitative research papers, reviews, short reports, case studies, methodology articles, commentaries, and debate articles, which would undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge

Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. During the submission process, please make sure the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection. This is an open-ended collection and articles will be accepted for on-going publication. 

  1. Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), supported by Norwegian Red Cross, has implemented community-based surveillance (CBS) in Somaliland. This methodology aims to reduce the high risk of epidemics by strengtheni...

    Authors: Julia Jung, Tine Mejdell Larsen, Abdifatah Hussein Beledi, Emi Takahashi, Abdirahman Omer Ahmed, Jenny Reid and Ida Anine Kongelf
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2024 18:20
  2. This study evaluated an early warning, alert and response system for a crisis-affected population in Doolo zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia, in 2019–2021, with a history of epidemics of outbreak-prone diseases. T...

    Authors: Luke Baertlein, Bashir Ali Dubad, Birhanu Sahelie, Istifanus Chindong Damulak, Mohammed Osman, Beverley Stringer, Agatha Bestman, Anna Kuehne, Elburg van Boetzelaer and Patrick Keating
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2024 18:13
  3. There has been little documentation of the large networks of community health workers that contributed to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) surveillance during the 2018–2020 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) epidemic...

    Authors: Jennifer OKeeffe, Emi Takahashi, John Otokoye Otshudiema, Emile Malembi, Célestin Ndaliko, Nathanaël Mutimatonda Munihire, Grazia Caleo and Antonio Isidro Carrion Martin
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2023 17:41
  4. In 2008, Somalia introduced an electronic based Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) for real time detection and response to alerts of epidemic prone diseases in a country experiencing a complex hu...

    Authors: Mutaawe Lubogo, Mary Joan Karanja, Rennatus Mdodo, Sherein Elnossery, Ali Abdirahman Osman, Abdulkadir Abdi, Evans Buliva, Muhammad Tayyab, Omar Abdulle Omar, Mirza Mashrur Ahmed, Solomon Chane Abera, Abdinasir Abubakar and Sk Md Mamunur Rahman Malik
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:18
  5. The need for early identification of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in communities was high in Yemen during the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic because most cases presenting to health facilities were...

    Authors: Manal Salem Omar Baaees, Jeremias D. Naiene, Ali Ahmed Al-Waleedi, Nasreen Salem Bin-Azoon, Muhammad Fawad Khan, Nuha Mahmoud and Altaf Musani
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2021 15:54
  6. The world’s second largest Ebola outbreak occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2018 to 2020. At the time, risk of cross-border spread into South Sudan was very high. Thus, the South Sudan Ministry...

    Authors: Velma K. Lopez, Sharmila Shetty, Angelo Thon Kouch, Matthew Tut Khol, Richard Lako, Alexandre Bili, Anyang David Ayuen, Agnes Jukudu, Ajak Ater Kug, Atem David Mayen, Emmanuel Nyawel, Kibebu Berta, Olushayo Olu, Kevin Clarke and Sudhir Bunga
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2021 15:27
  7. Community-based surveillance (CBS) has been used successfully in many situations to strengthen existing health systems as well as in humanitarian crises. The Anglophone crisis of Northwest Southwest Cameroon, ...

    Authors: Alain Metuge, Lundi-Anne Omam, Elizabeth Jarman and Esther Omam Njomo
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2021 15:17
  8. In 2017, Field access was considerably limited in the Far North region of Cameroon due to the conflict. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in collaboration with Ministry of health needed to estimate the health situat...

    Authors: Etienne Marc Hugues Gignoux, Olivier Tresor Donfack Sontsa, Ayoola Mudasiru, Justin Eyong, Rodrigue Ntone, Modeste Tamakloe Koku, Dalil Mahamat Adji, Alain Etoundi, Yap Boum, Christine Jamet, Jean-Clément Cabrol and Klaudia Porten
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:82