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American Journal of Public Health Research

ISSN (Print): 2327-669X

ISSN (Online): 2327-6703

Website: http://www.sciepub.com/journal/AJPHR

Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Africa Viewpoint

Healthcare professionals as well as consumers of healthcare services currently emphasize health promotion and disease prevention (HPDP) activities which are designed to help client to reduce the risks of disease and maintain optimal health. Health promotion is the process of empowering people to make healthy lifestyle choices and motivating them to become better self-managers. Health promotion strategies focus on patient education, counselling, physical activity, to improve nutrition or reduce the use of substances and drugs. Equally, disease prevention focuses on prevention strategies that reduce the risk of disease, identify risk factors, or detect disease in its early, most treatable stages. HPDP are proactive approaches to healthcare that stress on prevention at different points along the healthcare continuum. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies focus on keeping people well and forestalling the occurrence of diseases.

Reducing morbidity and mortality through HPDP measures has gained momentum globally. It is significantly essential to healthcare systems to ensure safer, more patient-centred and efficient care, and to support audit, quality improvement initiatives, public health, health service planning and research.

A wide range of economic, cultural, behaviuoral, political, demographic and biological factors create disease vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa, fuelled by these forces, communicable diseases ravage the continent. Many African countries are undergoing civil and public service reforms as well as health sector reforms. Most of these involve restructuring of the sector and the creation of new systems, procedures, and functions that are expected to promote efficiency in healthcare delivery. A growing necessity for evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion has been expressed from many sources. . In recent years, focus has been directed in earnest towards the type and quality of the knowledge that provides the basis for preventive and health promoting interventions in African nations.

The successful health promotion and disease prevention characteristics include:

• Address defined, measurable and modifiable risk factors

• Involve proactive care, targeting programs and services to “well” individuals and communities

• Use multiple strategies based on best evidence and accepted clinical practice guidelines

• Encourage integrated and collaborative service delivery

• Empower patients and communities to take greater responsibility for their health issues.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • 1. Healthcare associated infections: protecting patients/clients and saving lives
  • 2. HIV/AIDS
  • 3. Ebola Virus Disease
  • 4. Youths problems such as teen pregnancy, substance use/abuse
  • 5. Immunization
  • 6. Hypertension
  • 7. Maternal and child health
  • 8. Mental health issues
  • 9. Parasitic diseases
  • 10. Injuries, violence against children and women
  • 11. Disease detection and emergency preparedness and response
  • 12. Diabetes and obesity
  • 13. Access to healthcare
  • 14. Clinical aspects related to health and patient care.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: November 20, 2015
Final Version Due: November 30, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: December 10, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Aliyu, Danjuma
Department of Nursing Services, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Email: aliyudanjuma19@gmail.com, aliyudajuma19@yahoo.com

Guest Editor

Adeleke, Ibrahim Taiwo
H.O.D, Department of Health Information, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Nigeria
Email: ibratadeleke_aliseyin@yahoo.com, aitofiseyin@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Aliyu, Danjuma at the address: <aliyudanjuma19@gmail.com, aliyudajuma19@yahoo.com>

or through the journal’s Paper Submission System.

Special Issue on Maternal Health

The aim is to highlight issues affecting maternal health with a special focus in developing country. This will go along way addressing Millennium Development Goal Five (5), whose aim is to improve maternal health by reducing maternal mortality ratio by three quarter by 2015 and achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even death. In Africa health services utilizations are very low, particularly maternal and child health care. Women’s autonomy regarding maternal and child health are important factors in determining health seeking behavior.

Comprehensive and integrated primary maternal health care is a concept that takes into account the complexity of the interaction of physiological, social and psychological factors for maternal health care provision at primary and community level. As such, it offers a solution for addressing maternal health. It can be achieved by taking into account WHO's building blocks for health systems, i.e. appropriate and timely service delivery, a trained health workforce at primary care level, improved health information systems, equitable access to essential medicines and enhanced financing, and effective leadership/governance at national, local, health facility and community levels.

Maternal health is fundamental to achieving global health targets relating to women and children because of its direct and potentially long-term impact on their general well-being and social and economic participation. It also influences women’s care-giving capabilities, which in turn impacts children’s health and development. Addressing maternal health requires comprehensive and holistic models of care in which psychosocial assessment and treatment can be provided through integrated primary health care. Access to simple, reliable and affordable means of identification and management of mental health problems is a basic human right.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Maternal and perinatal health
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Skilled birth attendants
  • Midwifery
  • Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Strengthening health system for maternal health care services

Important dates

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2015
Final Version Due: May 15, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: May 30, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Collins Asweto
Capital Medical University of China
Email: aswetocollins@yahoo.com

Guest Editor

Prof. Charles Obonyo
Kenya Medical Research Institute
Email: cobonyo@yahoo.com

Dr. Louisa Ndunyu
Maseno University
Email: Indunyu@yahoo.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Collins Asweto at the address: <aswetocollins@yahoo.com>

or through the journal’s Paper Submission System.

Special Issue on Maternal and Child Health

Motherhood is the most significant phenomenon in the life of a woman and pregnancy is a vital event in her life. Child health is closely related to maternal health. Women & child are inseparable in care cycle. Mother & children make70% of population & are most vulnerable. In comparison to developed countries maternal and infant mortality and morbidity are high in the developing and under developed countries & large number of mothers suffer from hazards of pregnancy.

There is wide variation in the maternal and childhood mortality and morbidity among the developed and developing/underdeveloped countries. Approximately in developed countries: 50% deaths >70 years & MMR around 30 while in the developing countries: 50% deaths <5 years & MMR is around 480.

There are sincere efforts to bring down the MMR and IMR but for many reasons the mortality rate in the low resource countries are yet to come down to the expected level.

There is a need to focus our attention to find out how best the desired level can be attained.

The research articles in the field of maternal and child health might throw some light as to what is happening and the modalities to tackle the situation.

The articles can be invited from developed and developing countries to compare various aspects Viz. causation, present intervention, future strategy & measures within the guideline of millennium development goal.

About the issue

The Sub head topics could be:

Maternal Health:

  • Communicable & non communicable diseases
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Reproductive tract infections and Sexually transmitted diseases

Child Health:

  • Neonatal problems
  • Growth & development
  • Nutrition related
  • Adolescence and health aspect of children in special setting

Important dates

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2015
Final Version Due: April 30, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: June, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Asis De
Professor, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal
Email: dr_asisde@hotmail.com

Guest Editor

Brijesh Sathian
Assistant Professor, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal
Email: drsathian@gmail.com

Suresh Chandra Devkota
Lecturer, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal
Email: suresh.devkota@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. Asis De at the address: <dr_asisde@hotmail.com>

or through the journal’s Paper Submission System.

Special Issue on Heavy Metals and Public Health

With the development of modern society and expansion of world population, the environmental pollution and chemical toxicity becomes a hot topic in public health researches. “Heavy metal” is used for a group of elements that have particular weight characteristics. They are on the "heavier" end of the periodic table of elements. Some heavy metals – such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc – are essential to health in trace amounts. But heavy metals may also be toxic for both wildlife and humans under certain circumstances. Many adverse health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, but exposure to heavy metals continues, especially in less developed countries.

As a reflection of a rapidly growing interest/appreciation of heavy metal research, the American Journal of Public Health Research would like to publish a special issue dedicated to provide up-to-date knowledge about heavy metals and public health.

In order to develop the remediation and management strategy and provide guidelines to avoid heavy metal exposures, and identify the data and knowledge gaps that need to be filled by future research and monitoring, this special issue of the American Journal of Public Health Research calls on authors to submit original research and specific reviews that improves the current understanding of heavy metals in public health.

About the issue

The topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Effects of heavy metals on plant seeds
  • Strategies to overcome heavy metal stress by plants
  • Heavy metals and food sources
  • Heavy metals and chronicle diseases
  • Heavy metals and neurotoxicity
  • Heavy metals and metabolic changes
  • Heavy metals and pregnancy
  • Heavy metals and cancer risk
  • Nutritional assessment and heavy metal
  • Biochemical assessment of heavy metal content in the body
  • Molecular mechanisms of heavy metal transport

Important dates

Submission Deadline: June 01, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: August 01, 2014
Final Version Due: September 01, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: October 01, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Ningning Zhao
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Email: zhaosciepub@gmail.com

Submit your article now

If you would like to submit an article to this special issue, please send your submissions via email directly to our guest editor, Ningning Zhao <zhaosciepub@gmail.com>

or through the journal’s Paper Submission System.