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Epidemic detection, monitoring, and response during humanitarian crises

Edited by:
Jonathan Polonsky, PhD, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Olivier le Polain, PhD, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024

Conflict and Health invites you to submit to our new Collection on Epidemic detection, monitoring, and response during humanitarian crises.

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New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being.

About the Collection

Populations in fragile, conflict and humanitarian settings often face a high risk of epidemics, due to a combination of factors including poor living conditions, population displacement, disruption of vaccination services and other disease control programmes, and restrictions to health care access. The risk is further compounded by challenges in detecting, monitoring, and responding to epidemic threats in a timely fashion, in contexts where surveillance systems may be disrupted and where outbreak control strategies must be tailored to the specific context of the crisis. 

The aim of this Collection is to compile case studies, document lessons learned, describe innovative approaches, and present original research relating to the detection, investigation, analysis, monitoring, and response to epidemics during humanitarian crises.

The Collection welcomes a variety of manuscripts around the key themes of surveillance, monitoring and response in humanitarian settings including (but not limited to):

  • Approaches to epidemic detection and response monitoring.
  • Case studies of outbreak investigations and response, including innovative response interventions and lessons learned.
  • Studies quantifying and evaluating the impact of interventions.
  • Approaches to understanding contextual, social, and other factors impacting epidemic spread and control, including through mixed methods.
  • Analytical methods and epidemic forecasting, including methods to account for imperfect data in rapidly changing contexts.
  • Innovative tools and software to support surveillance, monitoring, and analysis.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of variety of manuscripts, including original research and method papers. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Epidemic detection, monitoring, and response during humanitarian crises" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.