"COVID-19 and SRH/MNH: Call for Contributions"
We are calling on medical anthropologists whose work focuses on women’s sexual and reproductive (SRH) and maternal and newborn (MNH) health to share qualitative and ethnographic briefs ('updates from the field'), as well as first hand-accounts, and audio- and photo-essays, which explore and reflect on the pandemic’s impacts. We welcome contributions developed in collaboration with your interlocutors and stakeholders. We are especially interested in submissions that adopt critical and action-oriented approaches, and address the contextual forces and dynamics at-stake in COVID-19’s repercussions for SRH/MNH around the world.

Our contributions will illuminate the diverse ways patients, communities, medical personnel, and healthcare systems are responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic. In clarifying the ‘lessons learned’ as a consequence of their efforts, they can also pinpoint the specific kinds of policy- and programme-relevant evidence, skills, and strategies needed for women, their treating providers, and many other SRH/MNH stakeholders to successfully navigate the difficult weeks and months to come. Our ultimate goals for the collection include not only sharing information sharing and awareness raising, but also cultivating the grounds for global action.

Accepted pieces will be featured online as part of Medical Anthropology Quarterly’s “COVID-19 Responses” (http://medanthroquarterly.org/covid-19-responses/) as a special “COVID-19 and SRH/MNH” collection.

We welcome contributions on a wide number of topics, including but certainly not limited to the pandemic’s impacts on:

· Women's access to contraception, safe abortion, and post-abortion care;

· Gynecological and obstetric service access, provision and use, including elective and emergency surgeries;

· Infertility treatments and assisted reproductive technologies;

· Gynecological, obstetrical, and neonatal clinical protocols and providers’ ability to adhere to the same;

· Midwives, doulas, and other birth attendants, in hospital, community, and home-based settings;

· Patient-provider interactions and the nature of care;

· Personnel, medical, and infrastructural resources needed for SHR and MNH;

· Workplace safety for frontline providers and the patients they treat;

· The socio-spatial organization of SRH/MNH services at diverse scales, including household and community-levels;

· Operations and effectiveness of regional, national, and global-level SRH and MNH health interventions;

· Global health support and funding for SRH/MNH services and interventions; and

· Policies and legislation related to SRH/MNH.

The first deadline for abstracts (50-100 words) is May 5, 2020, with a decision to follow by May 7, 2020. (Please remember to include your full name, contact information, and institutional or organizational affiliation.)

Final submissions are expected by May 25, 2020, and should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. We encourage you to write using accessible language so as to reach the widest numbers of readers. Before appearing online, your contribution will receive additional review and copy-editing by MAQ.

Should you have any questions about the collection, its deadline/s, or your prospective contribution, please feel free to contact the organizers.

We would be thankful if you would also consider disseminating our call far and wide among your colleagues and networks!

Special Collection Organizers

Emma Varley: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brandon University

Website: https://people.brandonu.ca/varleye/; https://people.brandonu.ca/varleye/teaching-and-research/

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Adrienne Strong: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida

Website: https://anthro.ufl.edu/2018/09/09/adriennestrong/; https://adrienne-strong.com/info

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