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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Special Issue: Human rights as social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections

BMC International Health and Human Rights is delighted to introduce a Special Issue, Human rights as social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections. This collaboration between BMC International Health and Human Rights and BMC Infectious Diseases focuses on highlighting novel studies characterizing human rights infringements as structural determinants of infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted infections. 

To learn more about this collection, please read our Editorial

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Announcing the Launch of In Review

BMC International Health and Human Rights, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Featured blog: Human Rights Day: What roles do physicians play in human rights issues?

New Content ItemDecember 10th is Human Rights Day, honoring the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the occasion we invited Siroos Mirzaei, Associate Editor of BMC International Health and Human Rights and Thomas Wenzel to write about the role physicians play in upholding human rights and dangers this can put them in.

Featured blog: BMC International Health and Human Rights announces its revised scope

BMC International Health and Human Rights, as a niche journal in its field which provides a home for human rights issues related to health, announces its newly revised scope and its mission to advance research and debate in this important area on an international scale. 


  1. Authors: Priscila França de Araújo, Ligia Regina Franco Sansigolo Kerr, Carl Kendall, George W. Rutherford, David W. Seal, Roberto da Justa Pires Neto, Patrícia Neyva da Costa Pinheiro, Marli Teresinha Gimeniz Galvão, Larissa Fortunato Araújo, Francisco Marto Leal Pinheiro and Ana Zaira da Silva

    Content type: Research article

Aims and scope

NOTICE: We are in the process of closing BMC International Health and Human Rights and merging it with BMC Public Health. We would like to encourage you to submit your manuscript to BMC Public Health (

BMC International Health and Human Rights is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the influences of human rights violations on health in developing and transitional countries, as well as all issues relating to the impact of health policies, programs and practices on human rights.



Section Editors

Assistant Editor

  • Maxine Dillon, BioMed Central

Benjamin Bellows, Section Editor

Benjamin Bellows has more than 12 years’ experience in healthcare finance and reproductive health research. He is skilled in impact evaluation, multivariable regression modeling, descriptive spatial analysis, and design of results-based finance programs. Ben joined BMC International Health and Human Rights as a Section Editor in 2015.

Maria Ekstrand, Section Editor

Dr Ekstrand has been Section Editor of the HIV/AIDS section of BMC International Health and Human Rights since 2012. Her current research includes the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions, the use of e-learning to reduce stigma in health care settings and the treatment of mental disorders in rural India.

Kaveh Khoshnood, Section Editor

Dr. Khoshnood is Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, co-founder of the Yale Violence and Health Study Group and a faculty member of the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses at the Yale McMillan Center.  He joined the Editorial Board of BMC International Health & Human Rights in 2015.

Benjamin Mason Meier, Section Editor

Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy and the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has been Section Editor of the Healthcare policy and law section of BMC International Health and Human Rights since January 2016.

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