Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:237. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.000413

In editorials this month, Rachael Peletz et al. (238) explain why HIV programmes need to provide filters for Cryptosporidium parasites and Ruth Birgin (239) argues against compulsory detention of people who use drugs. Motunrayo Bello (242–243) reports on Nigeria’s response to high levels of hypertension; the topic of this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Providing health care in rural areas

Gordon C McCord et al. (244–253) model the costs of deploying community health workers.

Viet Nam

Equal chances?

Mats Målqvist et al. (254–261) study the extent to which mothers – rich or poor – receive maternal health care.


Drinking less

Yi-lang Tang et al. (270–276) explain why policy changes are needed to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Burkina Faso

Too little, too late

Samia Laokri et al. (277–282) examine the effects of removing user fees for tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment services.


Providing methadone, reducing harm

Melody Lalmuanpuii et al. (306–312) report on a harm reduction programme for people who inject drugs.


Less fat, better nutrition

Shauna M Downs et al. (262–269) review the evidence for policies to reduce unsaturated fats in food.

To vaccinate or not

Keymanthri Moodley et al. (290–297) consider the ethical dilemmas of emergency vaccination programmes.

Avoiding unintended harms

Mirko S Winkler et al. (298–305) describe the untapped potential of health impact assessment

Playing the end game

Dermot Maher (283–289) lists the human qualities needed to eradicate polio.