Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Volume 86, Number 12, December 2008, 909-988


WHO 60th anniversary commemorative volume; Urgent attention needed; Preventing ‘brain drain’; Great strides for village doctors; Bringing epilepsy out of the shadows; Medication or lifestyle factors?; Contracting health services in a post-conflict setting; Impact of a nationwide measles immunization campaign; Community-based hearing screening; Outbreak of new virus contained; Effects of co-trimoxazole prophylaxis; History of our journal; More training needed


Local generation of high-quality human resources for health research
- Wilson Savino et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.059584

Strengthening the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV: a call for papers
- Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan & Paul Van Look
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.059394



South African doctors move quickly to contain new virus

China’s village doctors take great strides

Smallpox: dispelling the myths. An interview with Donald Henderson.


Contracting for health services: effects of utilization and quality on the costs of the Basic Package of Health Services in Afghanistan
- Omid Ameli & William Newbrander
doi: 10.2471/BLT.08.053108

Effect of presumptive co-trimoxazole prophylaxis on pneumococcal colonization rates, seroepidemiology and antibiotic resistance in Zambian infants: a longitudinal cohort study
- CJ Gill et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.049668

Electronic medical record systems, data quality and loss to follow-up: survey of antiretroviral therapy programmes in resource-limited settings
- Mathieu Forster et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.049908

Epidemiological impact of a nationwide measles immunization campaign in Viet Nam: a critical review
- Hitoshi Murakami et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.048579

Community-based infant hearing screening for early detection of permanent hearing loss in Lagos, Nigeria: a cross-sectional study
- BO Olusanya et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.050005

Global campaign against epilepsy: assessment of a demonstration project in rural China
- Wenzhi Wang et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.047050

Survival, plasma HIV-1 RNA concentrations and drug resistance in HIV-1-infected Haitian adolescents and young adults on antiretrovirals
- Macarthur Charles et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.050120

Understanding the decline of mean systolic blood pressure in Japan: an analysis of pooled data from the National Nutrition Survey, 1986–2002
- Nayu Ikeda et al.
doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.050195


Caesarean birth as a component of surgical services in low- and middle-income countries
- Cynthia Stanton & Carine Ronsmans

Training for Lady Health Workers clarified
- Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sajid Soofi & Zahid Memon