Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014;92:153. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.14.000314

In editorials this month, Pricivel Melendez Carrera (154) discusses the difficulty of getting people to make healthy choices and Bela Ganatra et al. (155) explain how WHO defines safe abortion. In the news, Patrick Adams (158–159) reports from Malawi on how insecticide resistance threatens to reverse recent gains in malaria control. Ursula Zhao interviews Youping Li (160–162) on the potential for improving health care in China through the use of evidence-based medicine.


Counting cases after elimination

May Chiew et al. (171–177) use routine data to track measles.


Who goes where for care?

Kate Zinszer et al. (178–186) propose a new method for defining the catchment areas of health facilities.


Getting mothers to deliver in hospitals

Manoj Mohanan et al. (187–194) analyse the impact of a public–private partnership designed to increase institutional deliveries.


Detecting cervical cancer

Megan J Huchko et al. (195–203) compare screening methods.


Detecting a silent disease

Shamima Akter et al. (204–213) measure diabetes and its risk factors.

WHO African Region

Stocking the pharmacy shelves

Olasupo Ayodeji Owoeye (214–219) discusses ways to improve access to essential medicines.


Keeping a close watch on the end game

AM Kazi et al (220–225) use text messages to track polio vaccinations.


Preventing vertical transmission of HIV

Lisa O'Brien et al. (162–170) count the cost of switching regimens.

What’s behind the numbers?

Kristin Voigt & Nicholas B King (226–228) debate the methods used to estimate the global burden of disease.