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.