The human and economic costs of the Coronavirus pandemic have already been staggering According to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus situation report, there have been more than 16.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and 656,000 deaths resulting from the disease worldwide. The pandemic has brought economic activities in some countries to a near-standstill.

In November, which will mark the passage of one year since the first cases of the Coronavirus, the MAP will launch a special, ongoing series of short articles that is intended to shed light on:

  1. The health-related and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, especially though not exclusively upon vulnerable or marginalized communities; and
  2. The preliminary lessons learned from measures taken by national governments, local authorities, or civil society actors to address the public health emergency and its adverse socio-economic effects.

Articles for this series may focus solely on a pandemic-related impact or response, or discuss the (in-)efficacy of a specific decision or action in mitigating the distress caused by the pandemic.

The articles are intended to be concise (2,000-2,500 words), country-specific, fact-based analyses that are accessible to subject matter specialists as well as general readers.

Articles should be aimed at offering some tentative “lessons learned” from the measures that have / have not been taken to combat the disease and its cascading effects.

The prospective author should provide a working title, 2-3 sentence topic description, and a realistic target date by which s/he can commit to submitting a draft, addressed to: John Calabrese, jcalabrese@mei.edu