Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:389. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.000613

In the editorial section, Philipe de Souto Barreto (390) asks why physical activity is not more effectively promoted as a health promotion measure. Bernard Burnand (391) explains the value of independent advice to doctors on prescription medicines. In the news section, Dale Gavlak (394–395) reports on how United Nations agencies are helping the government respond to the needs of half a million Syrian refugees sheltering in Jordan. Fiona Fleck interviews Roy Shore (396–397) about the lessons learnt in risk communication from Fukushima.

Namibia & Rwanda

Preventing transmission

Hapsatou Touré et al. (407–415) count the costs of eliminating paediatric HIV.


Engaging mothers

Swati Sarbani Roy et al. (426–433) look at neonatal survival following community mobilization with women’s groups.


The price of high blood sugar

Roberta Arnoldi Cobas et al. (434–440) measure the costs of diabetes.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Down the microscope

Pierre Mukadi et al. (441–448) assess how well laboratories diagnose malaria and sleeping sickness.


Paying doctors’ bills

Md Mizanur Rahman et al. (449–458) study how households cope with health-care costs.


Every child counts

Sonja Fagernäs & Joyce Odame (459–464) assess a birth registration campaign.


Women in the workplace

Jody Heymann et al. (398–406) compare breastfeeding policies worldwide.

Who is studying what, where?

Roderik F Viergever et al. (416–425) analyse WHO’s clinical trial registry.