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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 Mairin Boland and Michael A. Stoto

Globalization and Health invites you to submit to our new article collection on cross-border infectious disease threat, and the national and global public health response. 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. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research

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  3. 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

    Content type: Review

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  4. 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

    Content type: Review

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