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COVID-19 and humanitarian crises

Edited by Jonathan Polonsky and Bayard Roberts


COVID-19COVID-19 poses major threats to populations affected by humanitarian crises and forced displacement due to over-crowding, intense social mixing, inadequate water and sanitation, high existing morbidity levels, and limited resources and health care capacity, and challenges implementing recommended public health and social measures to limit transmission. Governments, health and humanitarian agencies and affected populations are having to urgently adapt or develop new practices in response to COVID-19. This article collection in Conflict and Health seeks papers to improve understanding of the risks and impacts of COVID-19 to crisis-affected populations, and strategies and responses to address these. The thematic series will provide an important forum to share evidence, perspectives and opinions on COVID-19 and humanitarian crises and responses.

This collection will 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 submission, please make sure that 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 series and articles will be accepted for ongoing publication.

  1. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in Sudan on 13 March 2020. Since then, Sudan has experienced one of the highest rates of COVID-19 spread and fatalities in Africa. One year later, as...

    Authors: Quraish Sserwanja, Mohammed Bashir Adam, Joseph Kawuki and Emmanuel Olal

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2021 15:34

    Content type: Case study

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  2. In this commentary we propose four questions to be addressed while building a meaningful public primary healthcare response in Lebanon today. These questions emerge from two imperatives: the necessity to consi...

    Authors: Randa Sami Hamadeh, Ola Kdouh, Rawan Hammoud, Enrica Leresche and Jennifer Leaning

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2021 15:23

    Content type: Commentary

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  3. A patient charter is an explicit declaration of the rights of patients within a particular health care setting. In early 2020 the Save the Children Emergency Health Unit deployed to Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh to s...

    Authors: Catherine R. McGowan, Nora Hellman, Louisa Baxter, Sonali Chakma, Samchun Nahar, Ahasan Ud Daula, Kelly Rowe, Josie Gilday, Patricia Kingori, Rachel Pounds and Rachael Cummings

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:86

    Content type: Methodology

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  4. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has put an additional strain on Afghanistan’s weak healthcare system. Prior to the pandemic, the government and its allies had already problems in providing high qualit...

    Authors: Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III, Mohammad Yasir Essar, Attaullah Ahmadi, Xu Lin and Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:65

    Content type: Commentary

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  5. Refugees and internally displaced persons in humanitarian settings are particularly susceptible to the spread of infectious illnesses such as COVID-19 due to overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, ...

    Authors: Jude Alawa, Nawara Alawa, Adam Coutts, Richard Sullivan, Kaveh Khoshnood and Fouad M. Fouad

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:64

    Content type: Commentary

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  6. COVID-19 prevention strategies in resource limited settings, modelled on the earlier response in high income countries, have thus far focused on draconian containment strategies, which impose movement restrict...

    Authors: Maysoon Dahab, Kevin van Zandvoort, Stefan Flasche, Abdihamid Warsame, Ruwan Ratnayake, Caroline Favas, Paul B. Spiegel, Ronald J. Waldman and Francesco Checchi

    Citation: Conflict and Health 2020 14:54

    Content type: Commentary

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