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Editors' Choice: Exploring barriers to access to care following the 2021 socio-political changes in Afghanistan - a qualitative study

Following the change of government in August 2021, the social and economic landscape of Afghanistan deteriorated into an economic and humanitarian crisis. Afghans continue to struggle to access basic healthcare services, making Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country a major challenge. The aim of this study was to perform a qualitative investigation into the main access to care challenges in Afghanistan and whether these challenges have been influenced by the recent socio-political developments, by examining the perspectives of health professionals and hospital directors working in the country.

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Call for Papers: Epidemic detection, monitoring, and response during humanitarian crises

© "A child-friendly space in the Central African Republic" by DFID - UK Department for International DevelopmentPopulations in fragile, conflict and humanitarian settings often face a high risk of epidemics, due to a combination of factors. 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. 

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Call for papers: Social Determinants of Mental Health

New Content Item (1)Conflict and Health invites you to submit to our new Collection on the social determinants of mental health in populations affected by armed conflict, humanitarian crises, and forced migration. Mental health of populations affected by armed conflict, humanitarian crises, and forced migration is shaped by the social, economic but also physical environment in which people live. 

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Call for papers: Attacks on healthcare

New Content ItemAttacks against healthcare in armed conflict, including violence, access constraints, and insecurity, represent a major threat to health. Gathering evidence about the attacks themselves has and continues to be crucial in raising awareness of this issue. This article collection will bring together research articles, reviews, short reports and case studies, that provide insight into the impact of attacks on healthcare.

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Conflict and Health is a highly-accessed, open access journal providing a global platform to disseminate insightful and impactful studies documenting the public health impacts and responses related to armed conflict, humanitarian crises, and forced migration. 

The journal provides a global platform to disseminate insightful and impactful studies. These span a broad range of public health topics including infectious disease prevention and control, nutrition, reproductive and maternal health, sexual and gender-based violence, mental health, non-communicable diseases, health systems, and ethics in conflicts and humanitarian crises.

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Jonathan Polonsky, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, University of Geneva
Daniela Fuhr, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, Germany and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

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