The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly transmittable
and pathogenic viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory
syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It emerged from Wuhan,
in the Hubei Province of China. The World Health Organization
declared a global public health emergency on 30 January 2020.
Since then, it has spread to numerous countries worldwide. A
number of articles in this issue focus on the pandemic, such as
identifying gaps in the implementation of international health
regulations in Africa, the use of public health promotion for
vulnerable young women and the mental health impact on and
response for health workers.