Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88:401-401. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.000610

This month David B Evans & Carissa Etienne (402) discuss some of the main issues in achieving universal health coverage, the theme of WHO’s next world health report. On this topic, Rob Yates (474–475) explains why low-income countries should offer free services to women and children while Robert Fryatt & Anne Mills (476–477) and David McCoy & Nouria Brikci (478–480) debate the outcomes of the high-level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems. Sheila Leatherman & Christopher Dunford (470–471) describe the positive effects of linking microfinance with health services. Matthew Jowett & Elizabeth Danielyan (472–473) discuss current plans to introduce patient user charges in Armenian hospitals.

China & Nigeria: Managing cardiovascular risk

Shanthi Mendis et al. (412–419) research the management of hypertensive patients in low-resource settings.

China: Syphilis screening beyond the clinic

Joseph D Tucker et al. (452–457) propose testing sex workers in their workplace.

South Africa: HIV/AIDS is the biggest killer in Cape Town

Pam Groenewald et al. (444–451) show how local mortality surveillance can be useful for planning services.

Thailand: Free condoms for anyone?

Apiradee Treerutkuarkul (404–405) reports about the return of a free condom campaign.

Thailand: Equity in maternal and child health

Supon Limwattananon et al. (420–427) find that low levels of education are linked with poor health outcomes.

United States of America: Impact of health reform

Gary Humphreys (408–409) reports on the landmark legislation that will bring medical insurance to 32 million more Americans.

Viet Nam: A previously neglected infection

Peter Horby et al. (458–461) follow the development of national guidelines for Streptococcus suis.

Zimbabwe: Time for adolescents to count

Rashida Ferrand et al. (428–434) survey HIV-infected children and adolescents.

Research priorities for human resources

A study by Michael Kent Ranson et al. (435–443) finds common staffing priorities in low- and middle-income countries.

Round table discussion on sharing health data

Elizabeth Pisani & Carla AbouZahr (462–465) call for a complete culture change to enable data sharing for public health. Toby Green (466), Alan D Lopez (467), Jimmy Whitworth (467) and Viroj Tangcharoensathien et al. (468) debate this issue.

Harassment at school and work

In an editorial, Jorge C Srabstein & Bennett L Leventhal (403) call for public health policies to prevent bullying.

Climate change and health

In an interview, Colin Summerhayes (410–411) describes how the world’s climate is changing and the consequences for health.

Ageing and urbanization

Jane Parry (406–407) reports on how cities will cope with the explosive growth in the number of old people.