Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:157-157. doi: 10.2471/BLT.13.000313

In editorials this month, Jeffrey D Klausner (158) supports an elimination target for congenital syphilis, Ilona Kickbusch & Mihály Kökény (159) cover recent progress in global health diplomacy, and Antony Duttine & Elke Hottentot (160) explain why landmine injuries and deaths need to be counted more accurately. Claudia Jurberg & Julia D’Aloisio interview Jaime Benchimol (165–166) on Brazil’s history of yellow fever vaccine development. Claire Keeton (163–164) reports on the roll-out of a rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis in South Africa.


Tracking the effects of new vaccines

Roxanne E Strachan et al. (167–173) detect changes in hospitalization rates for empyema and pneumonia in children.


Making medicines affordable

Yang Li et al. (184–194) evaluate China’s National Essential Medicines Scheme.


Treating HIV and tuberculosis

Kimcheng Choun et al. (195–206) examine the impact of revised WHO guidelines on time-to-treatment.

South Africa

Finding high-risk areas

Benn Sartorius et al. (174–183) propose a method for predicting measles outbreaks.


High costs of complicated pregnancies

Catherine Arsenault et al. (207–216) measure impoverishment due to emergency obstetric care.

Ghana, India & Peru

Where have all the doctors gone?

Lawrence C Loh et al. (227–233) examine how the private sector influences emigration.

Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic & Viet Nam

Losing limbs and lives to landmines

Jo Durham et al. (234–236) document the underreporting of injuries and deaths from landmines and explosive remnants of war.


Syphilis and stillbirths

Gabriela B Gomez et al. (217–226) quantify the harm caused by untreated syphilis in pregnancy.