Vaccine nationalism and vaccine diplomacy

This blog explores the factors impacting access to Covid-19 vaccines in the global south, including economic, political and intellectual property constraints.

The coldest cold chain

After lockdowns and the related dire political, social, and economic consequences, the world has welcomed the news that several companies are approaching an effective vaccine for Covid-19. This blog asks what are the effects of these vaccines?

The dramatic effects of Covid-19 on everyday life in Gadarif

This blog explores the effects of Covid-19 in Gadarif in Eastern Sudan. Precarious food supplies and lacking border control could mean that the chances of containing the pandemic are slim.

Ramadan and social responsibility during the Coronavirus crisis

This blog reflects on how the customary gatherings of Eid al-Fitr have not been possible in the same way as in other years for Muslims across the world.

Context matters: Why Africa should tailor its own measures to fight Covid-19

This blog identifies political, economic and social risks related to coronavirus responses in Africa and emphasises the disproportionate burden carried by women.

We are all fragile, but we are not all equally fragile

As the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe, its impact touches all corners of society. What happens when the pandemic reaches areas that were already dealing with various sorts of humanitarian challenges? How are humanitarian operations being impacted both directly and indirectly?

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We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

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Please use the form above to submit your blog or send to It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,200 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 1,500 words.

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While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.