Call for papers - Special issue on student research. Health governance in lower-income countries and conflict-affected populations

11 February, 2024

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Please consider submissions to this Special issue and share this with your colleagues who might be interested.

Call for papers for: International Journal of Health Governance- Special Issue (Emerald Publishing)

Health governance in lower-income countries and conflict-affected populations

The submission deadline for all manuscripts is July 31, 2024

International Journal of Health Governance is a peer-reviewed journal that promotes the evolution of governance for health and health systems to meet new challenges in the 21st century. Serving a wide readership, IJHG publishes empirical and theoretical papers that offer national perspectives, international comparisons and global approaches.

The Special Issue of International Journal of Health Governance aims to present student-led and student-assisted research, either directly relevant to health governance in LMIC and conflict-affected populations, or more general health governance research that can assist in formulating solutions for these groups. The focus on student research, whether at undergraduate or post graduate levels, is designed to encourage critical thinking on the part of upcoming researchers, scholars, and advocates. We also encourage submission of reflective accounts of the challenges faced by students while conducting research into these issues.

List of topic areas

- Influence of COVID-19 on health governance of low-income and LMIC countries: What challenges were faced by low-income and LMICs to develop health policies during the pandemic? What were the lessons learned and response strategies?

- International indicators in low-income and LMIC contexts: Review of use of international indicators in national contexts. What is the role of international indicators in monitoring or implementing policies/programs in in low-income and LMIC contexts? How can international guidelines be meaningfully translated into national healthcare systems?

- Capacity building in health governance: What are the essential competencies required for leading health governance activities in the low-income and LMICs? What are the opportunities for students to develop skills and train health governance in LMICs?

- Knowledge to action: Ho can evidence from other contexts/ various frameworks be translated into action?

- Public engagement in health governance: What is the role of the public/patient in health governance in low-income or LMICs?

- [Review] Digital health governance for the displaced population: What models are being applied currently around the world for the displaced population (e.g., forcibly displaced, refugees, IDPs, climate refugees)? How can digital health services be meaningfully used for health governance for displaced population?

- [Review] Health governance for displaced population: What governance principles are applied for the displaced population? How does it vary for displaced population from conflict affected areas and for internally displaced populations?

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Irina Ibragimova, PhD

Co-editor, International Journal of Health Governance

HIFA profile: Irina Ibraghimova is an independent consultant with a PhD. in library sciences and more than 20 years’ international experience in ICT for health projects. She now serves as a Co-editor for the International Journal of Health Governance (Emerald Publishing). Professional interests: Information and health literacy, evidence-based practice, science communication and medical journals editing. She is a HIFA country representative for Croatia: