Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88:717-717. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.001010

In editorials, John Wilmoth et al. (718) discuss reasons for a one-third decrease in maternal deaths worldwide; Lawrence O Gostin et al. (719) introduce an initiative for better global health governance; and Rüdiger Krech et al. (720) emphasize the importance of working across all government sectors to improve health systems.

Asia & Pacific: Tailored suicide prevention needed

Allison Milner & Diego De Leo (795–796) recommend suicide prevention strategies that are sensitive to local cultures and traditions.

China: Few quit by choice

Juncheng Qian et al. (769–776) study trends in smoking and smoking cessation.

India: Impact of primary care

Vera Mann et al. (727–736) evaluate a community-based rural health project to reduce child mortality.

India: Zinc helps save babies

Sarmila Mazumder et al. (754–760) find that giving zinc to infants aged less than six months can reduce episodes of diarrhoea and acute respiratory illness.

Uganda: Life-saving learning around the drinking pot

Sarah Cumberland (721–722) reports on a social event that is changing health behaviour.

Malawi: Child mortality decreases

A Jahn et al. (746–753) validate national estimates of declining child mortality.

New Zealand: Finding the funds

Rebecca Lancashire (723–724) reports on the challenges of controlling costs without compromising care.

Sierra Leone: Recovery after the war

In an interview, Muctarr Amadu Sheriff Jalloh (725–726) talks about how his country has been rebuilding its health systems since the civil war.

Viet Nam: Mental disorders in mothers

Jane Fisher et al. (737–745) find that almost one-third of women suffer depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.

Viet Nam: A milestone in road safety

Jonathon W Passmore et al. (783–787) describe the successful evolution of a national motorcycle helmet law.

Zambia: Expanding rural access

Christopher Dube et al. (788–791) describe how mobile services help increase access to antiretrovirals.

Zimbabwe: Child deaths and HIV

Timothy B Hallett et al. (761–768) find that HIV infection in mothers introduces bias in child mortality estimates.

Global: Train doctors in rural areas

Roger Strasser & Andre-Jacques Neusy (777–782) tell how some medical schools are successfully training doctors for rural settings.

Global: Refugee data is important

C Haskew et al. (792–794) call for common standards for collecting health data on refugees.