Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:897. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.001213

In editorials this month, Rachel Baggaley et al. (898) discuss the implications of communicating HIV test results to survey participants and Ziad A Memish & Abdullah A Al-Rabeeah (899) describe the health risks associated with mass gatherings. In the news section, Gary Humphreys (902–903) reports on Panama’s efforts to highlight the unmet demand for palliative care. In an interview, Hans Rosling (904–905) tells Fiona Fleck why it’s easy to make health statistics interesting but difficult to persuade people to change their views of the world.


How cold is the cold chain?

Manoj V Murhekar et al. (906–913) monitor temperatures in 10 states.

Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, United Republic of Tanzania & Zambia

Where are the clinics?

Kathryn O'Neill et al. (923–931) propose a method for monitoring health service delivery.


Contact tracing – or not?

Merrin E Rutherford et al. (932–941) follow children exposed to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Islamic Republic of Iran

Improving access and decreasing costs

Arash Rashidian et al. (942–949) monitor changes in rural hospitalization rates.


Vaccinating after an earthquake

Jeanette J Rainey et al. (957–962) describe limits to emergency vaccination campaigns.


Too many or not enough?

Francesca L Cavallaro et al. (914–922) analyse caesarean section rates in 26 countries.

Who needs to know?

Dermot Maher (950–956) argues that participants should receive the results of HIV surveys.

Clean hands for safer care

Joanna Bauer-Savage et al. (963–969) report on obstacles to alcohol-based handrubs.