Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:465. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.000713

In the editorial section, Pascal Zurn et al. (466) announce an upcoming theme issue on global health and BRICS (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa). The Post-2015 Working Group of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (467) highlights women and children’s health as part of the post-2015 development agenda. Angelika Tritscher et al. (468) note the 50th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

In the news section, Gary Humphreys (471−472) describes how technology transfer can help improve access to hearing aids in India. Fiona Fleck interviews Iain Chalmers (473−474) about transparency in clinical trials.

Viet Nam

Mitigating the harms of injection drug use

Bach Xuan Tran (475−482) studies people’s willingness to pay for methadone.


Who is funding what, where?

Nathalie Van de Maele et al. (483−490) trace patterns of development assistance for health in Africa.


More access to antiretrovirals

Heather Bailey et al. (491−500) study the impact of treating HIV during pregnancy.

Latin America

Tracing mortality patterns

Maria de Fatima Marinho de Souza et al. (525−532) study respiratory disease deaths and the impact of the 2009 influenza pandemic.


Getting iodized salt to children

Jee H Rah et al. (540−544) study two iodine supplementation programmes.


How many cases of preventable blindness?

Paul Torgerson & Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo (501−508) estimate the global burden of congenital toxoplasmosis.

Policies that save lives

David T Levy et al. (509−518) estimate deaths averted through tobacco-control policies.

Questions and answers

Rouselle F Lavado et al. (519−524) compare health budget estimates from different surveys.

Affordable medicines worldwide

Dianne Nicol & Olasupo Owoeye (533−539) ask what high-income countries are doing to create better access to medicines.