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Health services and systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions

Call for papers

Creator: cloverphoto | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto © Creator: cloverphoto | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphotoConflict is a global health issue. Long-term and protracted conflicts, in particular, have consequences not only for casualties but also for the health of entire communities, during and beyond crisis. Over the years, there have been advances in guidelines, frameworks, and structures to improve the delivery of health services in emergencies or humanitarian crises. Despite these advancements, health services and systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions suffer from destroyed infrastructure that can take years to rebuild post-conflict. Many policies and frameworks need to be redesigned, better implementation is needed, and the communities that are impacted in these regions need supportive, sensitive, and good quality care that meets their needs. 

In support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-beingBMC Health Services Research has launched a collection welcoming submissions that contribute to the health system strengthening in fragile and conflict-affected regions literature. We call upon the health services research community to consider how we can sustainably strengthen health systems and services in these regions and encourage submissions covering: 

  • Strategies for rebuilding health system infrastructure, implementing new policies, frameworks, and delivery of healthcare in fragile and conflict-affected regions 
  • Studies examining the barriers, facilitators, and opportunities to delivering care in these settings 
  • Strengthening the provision of healthcare to communities in these regions, refugees, and internally displaced people
  • The trialing of telehealth technologies to advance the provision of care in these settings


Submission guidelines 

BMC Health Services Research is particularly interested in submissions describing innovative, inclusive, and sensitive methods for collecting data and carrying out studies in these extremely challenging environments. We also warmly welcome international submissions led by researchers based in fragile and conflict-affected regions and global health research collaborations which have healthy and sustainable networks of local collaborators based in these regions. 

This collection welcomes submissions of Research articles, including systematic reviews, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research, that contribute to the health system strengthening in fragile and conflict-affected regions literature. Articles describing original, validated methodologies for sensitively collecting data will also be considered as Research articles. Unsolicited narrative reviews will not be considered, as per the journal's policiesStudy Protocols will be considered at the discretion of the Journal's Editor. 

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Prof. Michel Landry (Duke University, USA) and Dr. Clarissa Giebel (University of Liverpool, UK).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Health Services Research. Please ensure you highlight in your cover letter that you are submitting to a collection and select the collection in the submission questionnaire in Editorial Manager

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Submission deadline: 20th June 2022

Meet the Guest Editors

Michel D. Landry BScPT, MBA, PhD, Duke University, USA

Michel LandryDr. Michel Landry is a physiotherapist and a health policy and services researcher at Duke University (USA).  He has spent over 25 years as a global health practitioner in austere environments following conflict and sudden-onset disasters, and is currently conducting an international case study on the impact of COVID19 on children with disabilities in 4 different Low and Middle Income Countries (MLICs).  Mike lectures widely on the policy and political dynamics of rehabilitation, and is a provocative and disruptive advocate for the moral, ethical and economic necessity to ensure accessible and affordable rehabilitation services and assistive technology across the continuum.

Dr. Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool, UK

Clarissa GiebelDr. Clarissa Giebel is a Senior Research Fellow at the NIHR ARC NWC at the University of Liverpool and her research focuses mostly on inequalities in care for people with dementia, older adults, and carers. She is leading on a number of national and international projects with collaborators in Colombia, India, the Netherlands, Uganda, UAE, and others.

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