Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Volume 83, Number 8, August 2005, 561-640

IN THIS MONTH'S BULLETIN

Special Theme: health information systems; Gauging a response to humanitarian emergencies; Good data is vital for poverty reduction

EDITORIALS

▲ Structuring information systems to improve health
- Sally Stansfield

▲ Access to health information systems
- Kimberlyn M. McGrail & Charlyn Black

▲ Building health information systems in the context of national strategies for the development of statistics
- Tony Williams

NEWS

News

In Focus: Countries need better information to receive development aid

WHO News

Getting the numbers right: an interview with Ties Boerma; New report focuses on health in a “borderless world”

RESEARCH

▲ Costs and results of information systems
- Vanessa Rommelmann et al.

POLICY & PRACTICE

▲ Health information systems: the foundations of public health
- Carla AbouZahr & Ties Boerma

▲ Health information systems in humanitarian emergencies
- Michel Thieren

▲ Harmonizing information systems
- Sarah B. Macfarlane

▲ Health information systems and equity challenges
- L. Bambas Nolen et al.

▲ Database for possible vaccine-related events
- The Vaccine Safety Datalink Group

▲ Sample registration of vital events with verbal autopsy
- Philip W. Setel et al.

▲ Evaluating cause-of-death statistics in China
- Alan D. Lopez et al.

Emergency medical systems in low- and middle-income countries
- Olive C. Kobusingye et al.

ROUND TABLE

▲ Developing an essential data set for health information
- Vincent Shaw

Commentaries: Richard Cibulskis; Jens Byskov; Jorn Braa; Sam Adjei

BOOKS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Building better health: a handbook of behavioural change
- Mickey Chopra

Acknowledgement: Carla AbouZahr, in collaboration with Ramesh Shademani, coordinated the special theme.

▲ Denotes a theme issue article.