Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88:481-481. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.000710

This issue’s cover shows a pregnant woman carrying water in India and illustrates an editorial by Clarissa Brocklehurst & Jamie Bartram (482) on the major impact that water and sanitation have on the lives of women and girls. In a second editorial, Jeremy A Greene (483) discusses the evolving role of essential medicines in public health. In an interview, Melissa Leach (488–489) says there is much to learn from combining local and scientific knowledge in dealing with haemorrhagic fevers.

Africa: Does poverty drive the HIV epidemic?

Justin O Parkhurst (519–526) investigates the link between HIV infection and household wealth in 12 sub-Saharan countries.

Cameroon, Nigeria & Uganda: Involving communities in health

The CDI Study Group (509–518) finds that an approach used in onchocerciasis control is a good model for other health interventions.

Côte d’Ivoire:Care for HIV-infected children

M-F Anaky et al. (490–499) study a paediatric care and treatment programme.

India: Breaking cycle of heath-care debt

Patralekha Chatterjee (486–487) reports on the health-financing system in which 1.2 billion people have to pay out of their own pocket.

India: Price for piped water?

Subhrendu K Pattanayak et al. (535–542) evaluate the economic benefit of water and sanitation improvements.

Indonesia: Reducing neonatal deaths

Christiana R Titaley et al. (500–508) find a significant reduction in deaths of newborns whose mothers took iron and folic acid during pregnancy.

Liberia: After the war

Margaret E Kruk et al. (527–534) assess health services five years after the end of the civil war.

Pacific islands: Heavy price for poor diet

Jane Parry (484–485) reports on health problems caused by abandoning traditional foods.

United Republic of Tanzania: Digitizing data in the field

Mohammad Ali et al. (556–559) show the benefits of using personal digital assistants in a vaccination programme.

Global: Applying human rights for health

Jane Cottingham et al. (551–555) develop a tool to examine States’ human rights obligations.

Global: Improving the use of evidence

Jennifer Mindell et al. (543–550) develop a practical guide for doing health impact assessments.