Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Volume 87, Number 1, January 2009, 1-80


Norway: treaty bans cluster munitions; Israel: health effects of immigration; Islamic Republic of Iran: do lifestyle interventions work?; France: first a discovery, now a dream for a cure; Bangladesh: assessing neonatal illness; Mali: reducing maternal mortality; Thailand: building research capacity; India: are two coders better than one?; Democratic Republic of the Congo: quantifying the crisis; Australia: call for broader criteria for measles elimination; Financial crisis; Safe abortion from mid-level providers; In recognition of WHO’s drive to revitalize primary health care, each month’s cover of the Bulletin this year will feature a photo illustrating one of the six building blocks of health systems:
- Service delivery
- Health workforce
- Health information systems
- Medical products and technologies
- Financing systems
- Leadership and governance.


Health systems performance assessment in the Bulletin
- Ties Boerma et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.061945

Implementing equity: the Commission on Social Determinants of Health
- Marion Birch
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.061978



Health amid a financial crisis: a complex diagnosis

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: quantifying the crisis

A significant discovery, now a dream for a cure. An interview with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.


Validation of community health workers’ assessment of neonatal illness in rural Bangladesh
- Gary L Darmstadt et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.050666

Noncommunicable disease mortality and life expectancy in immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union: country of origin compared with host country
- Jördis Jennifer Ott et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.045138

Improved access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care and its effect on institutional maternal mortality in rural Mali
- Pierre Fournier et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.047076

Do lifestyle interventions work in developing countries? Findings from the Isfahan Healthy Heart Program in the Islamic Republic of Iran
- Nizal Sarrafzadegan et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.049841

Verbal autopsy coding: are multiple coders better than one?
- Rohina Joshi et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.051250


Provision of abortion by mid-level providers: international policy, practice and perspectives
- Marge Berer
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.050138

Elimination of endemic measles transmission in Australia
- Anita E Heywood et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.046375


Sustaining capacity in health policy and systems research in Thailand
- Siriwan Pitayarangsarit & Viroj Tangcharoensathien
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.044479


School health, nutrition and education for all: levelling the playing field
- Monika Blössner
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.059519

Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization, and the Cold War
- S William A Gunn
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.057562


The Editorial Team would like to thank all those who gave generously of their time and expertise in reviewing the papers for the Bulletin in 2008.


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