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Inequalities in COVID-19 Healthcare and Research Affecting Women

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Understanding and addressing the impacts of both sex and gender on health outcomes is critical to building equitable, sustainable, and healthy societies. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, as women are disproportionately affected by the current crisis globally. The pandemic’s impact on women has been ...

Understanding and addressing the impacts of both sex and gender on health outcomes is critical to building equitable, sustainable, and healthy societies. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, as women are disproportionately affected by the current crisis globally. The pandemic’s impact on women has been critical, particularly in the immediate risks associated with their roles on the frontline of health and social care, and in secondary impacts, such as increased exposure to gender-based violence and domestic abuse during extended periods of social separation.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has also uncovered the disproportionate representation of women in the governance of epidemic management, under-representing ongoing COVID-19 research publications. Despite the World Health Organization Executive Board recognizing the need to include women in decision-making for outbreak preparedness and response, there is still an inadequate representation of women in national and global COVID-19 policy spaces.

Incorporating sex and gender into global health should be seen as a core component of ensuring effective and equitable national and global health systems. To provide continued access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services delivery, mental health services, and to secure SRH rights, there is a great need and growing demand for technology-enhanced healthcare delivery systems and digital health platforms (mHealth, Telemedicine, Telehealth services) to address the needs. This collection aims to receive papers addressing health outcomes for women and addressing healthcare inequalities globally, within the context of COVID-19. We seek to publish research focused on addressing these inequalities through effective strategies, successful case scenarios, and promoting women's representation in policy and research spaces.

We welcome Original Research, Systematic Reviews, Reviews, expert Opinions, Commentaries and Case Studies (national, regional, or global) as part of this Topic.


Keywords: sexual and reproductive health, women, mental health, gender-based violence, representation, mHealth, abortion, inequalities, global health policy


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30 July 2021 Manuscript
19 October 2021 Manuscript Extension

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19 October 2021 Manuscript Extension

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