COVID-19 Pandemic in the Midst of Civil War: Planetary Health and Plant Omics Field Notes from Aden, Yemen.

Abdullah A. T. , Hassen J., Abdullah A. A. , Agirbasli M. A.

Omics : a journal of integrative biology, vol.24, no.12, pp.685-687, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/omi.2020.0182
  • Title of Journal : Omics : a journal of integrative biology
  • Page Numbers: pp.685-687


As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting on the entire planet, field notes from resource-limited settings are increasingly relevant, both instrumentally and normatively, due to codependency of world populations in the struggle against the pandemic. Yemen is an apt and timely example to illustrate the social and political determinants of planetary health and the ways in which they impact on health care and dignity of people in times of crisis as well as during elective medical care. Importantly, many local communities have deep knowledge of various plant resources that can be evaluated with guidance of the omics systems science. The planetary society would be well poised to build resilience against future pandemics and ecological crises by harnessing local and global expertise in plant omics.