About this Research Topic
The devastating effects of Covid-19 on lives and economies has shown that public health matters. It highlights that good health is not just an individual matter, but encompass choices and efforts made at the societal level, and processes within the healthcare delivery system. The success of governments in managing the pandemic correlates with better public health policies and implementation at the process level. Policies which promote health equity and access, and innovative processes in delivery are attributes for an efficient and effective public health system. The pandemic has thrown to light the successes as well as failures of government policies and processes in crisis management. Evidence of effects of public health measures undertaken as pandemic response, such as quarantine measures and social distancing, mass testing, vaccine policies, vaccine delivery, mental health, lockdown, and school closure are welcomed. This collection prioritizes papers presenting evidence on pandemic-related policies and processes based on country-level, regional or international studies.
The purpose of this Research Topic is to emphasize the importance of appropriate policies in public health, and processes that complement policies in service delivery at the community level. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that policies made by governments such as in vaccine development and procurement; and successful immunization process within the community; may not necessarily be linked to economic development of a country. Rather strategic policies and efficient process implementation can override resource constraints. Appropriate policies in areas of public health which are delivered with community engagement and efficient processes will result in positive outcome for the population at large.
The focus of this Research Topic is on public health policies and processes, with a special emphasis on the current pandemic. After more than a year, Covid-19 has provided experiences and lessons learnt from various countries in pandemic response. There are lessons to be learnt from countries which have successfully steered its population from Covid-19 disaster. Yet, there are also weaknesses in public health policies which led to catastrophe in some countries. This issue welcomes aspects on public health in managing the pandemic which are affected by policies at the governmental level, and processes at the implementation level. Papers which demonstrate evidence on how public health policies and processes have shown promise or weaknesses in pandemic response are welcomed.
Keywords: public health, pandemic, public health policies, public health processes, Covid-19
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