Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88:-1--1. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.001110

In the editorial section, Flavia Bustreo & Julio Frenk (798) discuss an international approach for improving women’s and children’s health. SK Perehudoff et al. (799) consider the importance of national constitutions in enforcing access to medicines. Shaohua Sean Hu et al. (800) discuss how public health telephone surveys must adapt to the increased use of mobile phones. In an interview, John Conly (805–806) talks about how the misuse of antibiotics causes antimicrobial resistance.

Africa: Preventing malaria in infants

Ilona Carneiro et al. (807–814) develop a tool for deciding when to use preventive malaria treatment.

Africa: HIV infection among older adults

Joel Negin & Robert G Cumming (847–853) estimate that approximately 3 million people aged more than 50 years are living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bangladesh: Facing food insecurity

CGN Mascie-Taylor et al. (854–860) describe the benefits of a cash-for-work programme for women and their children.

China: Responding to viral hepatitis

Each year one million people in the world die from chronic viral hepatitis B and C. Jane Parry (801–802) reports on how countries such as China are tackling this extensive problem.

Kenya: Hiring more nurses

JM Gross et al. (824–830) evaluate a plan for attracting more nurses to rural and remote areas.

Mongolia: Surviving sepsis

Otgon Bataar et al. (839–846) find a severe shortage of resources to treat sepsis in both urban and rural hospitals.

New Zealand: Tobacco warnings

Janet Hoek et al. (861–866) discuss lessons learnt from the introduction of pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging.

South Africa: Bridging the gap

Claire Keeton (803–804) reports on the government’s proposed national insurance scheme that aims to tackle the stark divide in health care between rich and poor.

Global: Cause-of-death data

Kavi Bhalla et al. (831–838) assess global death registration data for estimating injury mortality.

Global: Water science and health

Jonathan W Bridge et al. (873–875) call for the water and health sectors to work closely together to prevent waterborne disease outbreaks in high-income countries.

Global: Measuring disability

T Bedirhan Üstün et al. (815–823) describe the development of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0.

Global: Volunteer spirit or exploitation?

Kenneth Maes (867–869) asks whether volunteerism for health-related work is sustainable in low-income settings.

Global: Ethics of human tissue transplantation

Jean-Paul Pirnay et al. (870–872) discusses the need for ethical guidance in human tissue use.