I am extremely glad to introduce this special issue of the journal Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention which focuses on “Health interventions for the Health for all initiatives from SPA to slums” discussing the articles hereby published. The title itself clearly indicates what arguments will be addressed and at the same time suggests the value they present in terms of public health. Although looking at the titles of the different articles, they could appear quite heterogeneous since they address different and apparently distant topics, there is a fil rouge which allows to consider all of them under a common denominator. This common denominator concerns the different tools through which “Solidarity” is interpreted and declined by those who are responsible for the different projects in various parts of the world acting in special populations such as the migrants and refugees from war, the war victims and veterans, the children with HIV/AIDS living in a orphanage. It is possible to clearly recognize these aspects of solidarity in the articles that appear in this special issue. Finally, I would like to mention that in this special issue there is also a review article very interesting and extremely innovative which focuses on “Religion and infectious diseases”. This topic is extremely novel and innovative since it establishes a link between infectious diseases and behavioral, cultural factors and religion which can be extremely different in various areas of the world. These differences can greatly influence the incidence, the epidemiology and the transmission of a variety of infectious diseases The knowledge of these complex interactions can be extremely helpful for better understanding infectious diseases ensuring effective prevention and treatment. In conclusion, the broad spectrum of topics treated in the articles of this special issue are of great interest for the readers of the Journal and, in my opinion, particularly for the students. I hope that some of them reading the projects developed by St. Elizabeth university will decide to collaborate and to be part for future engagements. This would be an extraordinary result.
prof. Dr. Roberto Cauda, Ph.D
Institute of Infectious Diseases Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italia