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Call for papers: Cross border infectious disease threats: governance and preparedness

Cross border infectious disease threats © eyegelb / Getty Images / iStockEdited by Michael A. Stoto, Pepita Barlow, Michael Clarke and Mairin Boland.

Globalization and Health invites you to submit to our article collection on cross-border infectious disease threat, and the national and global public health response. We welcome submissions on the subject of COVID-19 to this collection. In order to be considered, manuscripts must address health systems issues and fall within one of these categories:

  • An analysis or discussion of measures taken to identify / mitigate / control cross border spread of COVID-19.
  • A description / analysis of cross border spread of COVID-19.
  • A reflection on differences between countries in policy, strategy, and operational implementation of programmes to address COVID-19 outbreaks, including lessons learned in one country that can be applied in other countries.
  • Analysis or commentary on issues for which cross border cooperation is required (outside of IHR requirements). Examples: the EUs effort to develop cooperation between EU States regarding standards for mobile phone contact tracing Apps for within-EU travel.
  • Analysis or commentary on IHR processes / requirements that helped / hindered national responses.
  • Analysis or commentary on multilateral / bilateral support regarding COVID-19 response.
  • A description/ analysis of the application of guidance / standards from transnational organisations (ECDC / WHO etc.) within nation states.
  • A description/ analysis of cross border cooperation in areas such as vaccine development, randomized controlled trials, data sharing, etc.

This collection is open-ended and will continue to receive papers that address:

  • The evolving nature of infectious disease threat with the potential to cross geopolitical boundaries including, among other topics, novel zoonotic outbreaks with pandemic potential, the possibility of a non-state actor developing bioterrorism capabilities, and the emerging threat associated with the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
  • The current state of preparedness for cross-border threats to health, and of countries’ responsibilities under the International Health Regulations (2005), as noted by capacity and capability assessments such as the WHO’s Joint External Evaluation tool, after action reports, and other formal and rigorous methods. Reports of this type that include detailed findings on what is needed to improve preparedness levels would be especially welcome.
  • The development and evaluation of methods for conducting such assessments.
  • Substantive papers about the development and assessment of methods for specific approaches to surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention and control, risk characterization, crisis management, emergency risk communication, and other emergency preparedness capacities and capabilities. Reports based on the performance of such methods in actual practice would be especially welcome.
  • The development and evaluation of education and training programs regarding public health emergency preparedness, as well as assessments of current workers’ competencies. This would include efforts that are part of established disciplinary education programs through on-the-job training courses.

This collection is open for submissions of review articles, research, debate articles and commentaries, 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. In the submission system 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.

  1. SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus first reported by China on December 31st, 2019, has led to a global health crisis that continues to challenge governments and public health organizations. Understanding COVID-19 k...

    Authors: Yutang Xiong, Xingran Weng, Bethany Snyder, Lin Ma, Menglong Cong, Erin L. Miller, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy and Robert P. Lennon
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:76
  2. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant global impact. However, COVID-19 is just one of several high-impact infectious diseases that emerged from wildlife a...

    Authors: Katie Woolaston, Zoe Nay, Michelle L. Baker, Callum Brockett, Mieghan Bruce, Chris Degeling, Joshua Gilbert, Bethany Jackson, Hope Johnson, Alison Peel, Shafi Sahibzada, Charlotte Oskam and Chad L. Hewitt
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:73
  3. During outbreaks, uncertainties experienced by affected communities can influence their compliance to government guidance on public health. Communicators and authorities are, hence, encouraged to acknowledge a...

    Authors: Florin Cristea, Heide Weishaar, Brogan Geurts, Alexandre Delamou, Melisa Mei Jin Tan, Helena Legido-Quigley, Kafayat Aminu, Almudena Mari-Sáez, Carlos Rocha, Bienvenu Camara, Lansana Barry, Paul Thea, Johannes Boucsein, Thurid Bahr, Sameh Al-Awlaqi, Francisco Pozo-Martin…
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:66
  4. The rapid emergence and global spread of COVID-19 have caused substantial global disruptions that have impacted malaria programs worldwide. Innovative strategies to enable countries aiming to eliminate malaria...

    Authors: Guangyu Lu, Yuanyuan Cao, Dongying Zhang, Yuying Zhang, Yuhui Xu, Yan Lu, Qi Chen, Guoding Zhu, Jun Yan, Olaf Müller and Jun Cao
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:64
  5. Assessing the impact of government responses to Covid-19 is crucial to contain the pandemic and improve preparedness for future crises. We investigate here the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)...

    Authors: Fredérić Docquier, Nicolas Golenvaux, Siegfried Nijssen, Pierre Schaus and Felix Stips
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:41
  6. Healthcare workers are at a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19. The physical and mental repercussions of such risk have an impact on the wellbeing of healthcare workers around the world. Healthcare ...

    Authors: N O’Brien, K Flott, O Bray, A Shaw and M Durkin
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:24
  7. National responses to the COVID-19 pandemic depend on national preparedness systems that must be understood as components of global public health emergency preparedness systems, governed and coordinated throug...

    Authors: Jakob Laage-Thomsen and Søren Lund Frandsen
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:3
  8. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an avalanche of scientific studies, drawing on many different types of data. However, studies addressing the effectiveness of government actions against COVID-19, especially no...

    Authors: Michael A. Stoto, Abbey Woolverton, John Kraemer, Pepita Barlow and Michael Clarke
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:2
  9. Understanding the differences in timing and composition of physical distancing policies is important to evaluate the early global response to COVID-19. A physical distancing intensity monitoring framework comp...

    Authors: Jeff Lane, Arianna Rubin Means, Kevin Bardosh, Anna Shapoval, Ferruccio Vio, Clive Anderson, Anya Cushnie, Norbert Forster, Jenny Ledikwe, Gabrielle O’Malley, Shreshth Mawandia, Anwar Parvez, Lucy Perrone and Florindo Mudender
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:124
  10. The current pandemic of COVID-19 impacted the psychological wellbeing of populations globally.

    Authors: Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Patraporn Tungpunkom, Farhana Sultana, Sheikh M. Alif, Biswajit Banik, Masudus Salehin, Bindu Joseph, Louisa Lam, Mimmie Claudine Watts, Sabria Jihan Khan, Sherief Ghozy, Sek Ying Chair, Wai Tong Chien, Carlos Schönfeldt-Lecuona, Nashwa El-Khazragy…
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:117
  11. The pandemic generated by Covid-19 has changed the way of life of citizens around the world in a short time, affecting all areas of society directly or indirectly, which is facing a global health crisis with d...

    Authors: Pedro-José Martínez-Córdoba, Bernardino Benito and Isabel-María García-Sánchez
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:113
  12. Lagos state is the industrial nerve centre of Nigeria and was the epicentre of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Nigeria as it is now for the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak. This paper describes how ...

    Authors: Akin Abayomi, Mobolanle R. Balogun, Munir Bankole, Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, Bamidele Mutiu, John Olawepo, Morakinyo Senjobi, Oluwakemi Odukoya, Lanre Aladetuyi, Chioma Ejekam, Akinsanya Folarin, Madonna Emmanuel, Funke Amodu, Adesoji Ologun, Abosede Olusanya, Moses Bakare…
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:79
  13. Efficient communication and coordination are needed between countries to prevent, detect and respond to international food safety events. While communication tools, networks and systems exist, current evidence...

    Authors: Carmen Joseph Savelli, Raul Fernando Garcia Acevedo, Jane Simpson and Céu Mateus
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:65
  14. The near universal adoption of cross-border health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has prompted significant debate about their effectiveness and compliance with international law. The number of...

    Authors: Kelley Lee, Karen A. Grépin, Catherine Worsnop, Summer Marion, Julianne Piper and Mingqi Song
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:62
  15. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vast differences in approaches to the control and containment of coronavirus across the world and has demonstrated the varied success of such approaches in min...

    Authors: Steve J. Bickley, Ho Fai Chan, Ahmed Skali, David Stadelmann and Benno Torgler
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:57
  16. COVID-19 is an emergent infectious disease that has spread geographically to become a global pandemic. While much research focuses on the epidemiological and virological aspects of COVID-19 transmission, there...

    Authors: Thomas Sigler, Sirat Mahmuda, Anthony Kimpton, Julia Loginova, Pia Wohland, Elin Charles-Edwards and Jonathan Corcoran
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:56
  17. The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis presents as human, social and economic challenges. The advent of Covid-19, unfortunate as it is, has highlighted the need for close medical cooperation between states....

    Authors: Dabor Resiere, Hossein Mehdaoui, Hedda Dyer, Cyrille Chabartier, André Cabié, Jocelyn Inamo, Keats Compton, Rémi Neviere, Bruno Megarbane and Hatem Kallel
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:55
  18. The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has the potential to reverse progress towards global targets. This study examines the risks that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to equitable access to e...

    Authors: Floriano Amimo, Ben Lambert, Anthony Magit and Masahiro Hashizume
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:42
  19. Three months after the first reported cases, COVID-19 had spread to nearly 90% of World Health Organization (WHO) member states and only 24 countries had not reported cases as of 30 March 2020. This analysis a...

    Authors: Zheng Li, Cynthia Jones, Girum S. Ejigu, Nisha George, Amanda L. Geller, Gregory C. Chang, Alys Adamski, Ledor S. Igboh, Rebecca D. Merrill, Philip Ricks, Sara A. Mirza and Michael Lynch
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:28
  20. The COVID-19 pandemic is a biosecurity threat, and many resource-rich countries are stockpiling and/or making plans to secure supplies of vaccine, therapeutics, and diagnostics for their citizens. We review th...

    Authors: Bisi Bright, Chinedum Peace Babalola, Nadia Adjoa Sam-Agudu, Augustine Anayochukwu Onyeaghala, Adebola Olatunji, Ufuoma Aduh, Patrick O. Sobande, Trevor A. Crowell, Yenew Kebede Tebeje, Sunny Phillip, Nicaise Ndembi and Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:24
  21. Lockdowns can be an effective pandemic response strategy that can buy much needed time to slow disease transmission and adequately scale up preventative, diagnostic, and treatment capacities. However, the broa...

    Authors: Oghenowede Eyawo, A. M. Viens and Uchechukwu Chidiebere Ugoji
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:13
  22. Under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, after action reviews (AAR) and simulation exercises (SimEx) are two critical components which measure the fun...

    Authors: Frederik Anton Copper, Landry Ndriko Mayigane, Yingxin Pei, Denis Charles, Thanh Nam Nguyen, Candice Vente, Cindy Chiu de Vázquez, Allan Bell, Hilary Kagume Njenge, Nirmal Kandel, Zheng Jie Marc Ho, Abbas Omaar, Stéphane de la Rocque and Stella Chungong
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:115
  23. The deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela has ramifications far beyond the Latin American country’s borders as almost five million Venezuelans fled and migrated into countries in the regi...

    Authors: Claire J. Standley, Eric Chu, Emrose Kathawala, Deisy Ventura and Erin M. Sorrell
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:103
  24. COVID-19 has rapidly and radically changed the face of human health and social interaction. As was the case with COVID-19, the world is similarly unprepared to respond to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the...

    Authors: Lindsay A. Wilson, Susan Rogers Van Katwyk, Patrick Fafard, A. M. Viens and Steven J. Hoffman
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:94
  25. Points of entry and other border regions educate, train, and exercise (ETEs) their staff to improve preparedness and response to cross-border health threats. However, no conclusive knowledge of these ETEs’ eff...

    Authors: Doret de Rooij, Evelien Belfroid, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Varvara A. Mouchtouri, Jörg Raab and Aura Timen
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:78
  26. After Action Reviews (AAR) with a One Health perspective were performed in Slovenia, Italy, Serbia and Greece following a severe West Nile virus (WNV) transmission season in 2018. A protocol combining traditio...

    Authors: Flavia Riccardo, Francesco Bolici, Mario Fafangel, Verica Jovanovic, Maja Socan, Petra Klepac, Dragana Plavsa, Milena Vasic, Antonino Bella, Gabriele Diana, Luca Rosi, Patrizio Pezzotti, Xanthi D. Andrianou, Marco Di Luca, Giulietta Venturi, Francesco Maraglino…
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:47

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  27. Since the declaration of the 10th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in DRC on 1st Aug 2018, several neighboring countries have been developing and implementing preparedness efforts to prevent EVD cross-border...

    Authors: Jane Ruth Aceng, Alex R. Ario, Allan N. Muruta, Issa Makumbi, Miriam Nanyunja, Innocent Komakech, Andrew N. Bakainaga, Ambrose O. Talisuna, Collins Mwesigye, Allan M. Mpairwe, Jayne B. Tusiime, William Z. Lali, Edson Katushabe, Felix Ocom, Mugagga Kaggwa, Bodo Bongomin…
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:24
  28. Emerging and re-emerging diseases with pandemic potential continue to challenge fragile health systems in Africa, creating enormous human and economic toll. To provide evidence for the investment case for publ...

    Authors: Ambrose Otau TALISUNA, Emelda Aluoch OKIRO, Ali Ahmed YAHAYA, Mary STEPHEN, Boukare BONKOUNGOU, Emmanuel Onuche MUSA, Etienne Magloire MINKOULOU, Joseph OKEIBUNOR, Benido IMPOUMA, Haruna Mamoudou DJINGAREY, N’da Konan Michel YAO, Sakuya OKA, Zabulon YOTI and Ibrahima Socé FALL
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:9
  29. After Action Reviews (AARs) provide a means to observe how well preparedness systems perform in real world conditions and can help to identify – and address – gaps in national and global public health emergenc...

    Authors: Michael A. Stoto, Christopher Nelson, Rachael Piltch-Loeb, Landry Ndriko Mayigane, Frederik Copper and Stella Chungong
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:58
  30. Health security in the European Union (EU) aims to protect citizens from serious threats to health such as biological agents and infectious disease outbreaks- whether natural, intentional or accidental. Threat...

    Authors: Máirín Boland and Mary O’Riordan
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:53