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.