BMC Health Services Research is calling for submissions to its collection on Decolonization of global health. This term describes a movement that emerged from a critical post-colonial reflection within the global health community and uncovers and challenges systems of dominance in the field of global health, an area of research whose ultimate goal is to improve the health of populations. Recognizing the imbalances in global health and identifying the underlying recurring patterns and distortions is necessary to trigger change, to learn key lessons, to dismantle unjust and predatory networks, and to develop strategic approaches to restructuring the current global health architecture.
This process can only start by facing the multifaceted realities of the legacy of colonization in health systems, health research and health services. Currently, worldwide efforts are being made to untangle these processes and promote a balanced global health ecosystem and authenticate the term global health with its rightful components of justice, equity but also efficiency.
However, only through a more widespread and structured review of the affected health systems dynamics as well as of the concrete measures and initiatives undertaken in this context will we be able to understand how to redesign the future of global health in a timely manner.
Therefore, we would particularly welcome submissions that:
- Describe health systems landscapes affected by inequities and colonial legacies and how this affects their ability to address local healthcare challenges.
- Outline strategies, projects, partnerships, and initiatives to eliminate inequalities globally and to empower local academic, governmental, health systems and research organizations. We are particularly interested in innovative initiatives to create diversified local health systems and self-sufficient health services in low-resource settings.
- Evaluate the persisting means of colonization and dominance, such as funding, jobs, positions, and training opportunities, for current research on health systems and health services provided by agencies and organizations to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) and the Global South. This includes works that examine resources allocation within global health partnerships.
- Present programs that aim at stopping the perpetuation of colonial practice in global health education e.g. innovative training programs for the local health workforce.
- Promote health services and improve healthcare delivery to indigenous populations.
- Encourage post-colonial reflection about inequities in health systems.
- Present actions taken to call for health reforms, governance and political transformation aimed at promoting global health decolonization and health systems equity.
- Report initiatives promoting or guaranteeing health services research data sovereignty.
- Synthesize scientific evidence on global health decolonizing efforts and illustrate lessons learnt to inform policy discourse and commitments in LMIC and the Global South.
- Present clear solutions to end the rhetoric on global health decolonization and chart a practical course that is relevant to the context of sovereign nations and their health systems.
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