Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

WHO 60th anniversary commemorative volume

Every month in 2008, the Bulletin features a classic public health poster with a commentary on the topic illustrated. This month’s feature is malaria. Marcel Tanner and Don de Savigny (82) examine why malaria eradication is back on the global health agenda; Anthony Mbonye et al. (93–100) assess the efficacy of malaria treatment among pregnant women, and Samuel Shillcutt et al. (101–110) look at the cost-effectiveness of different methods of diagnosing malaria in endemic countries. Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria, (91–92) talks about her hopes for a new facility to make subsidized antimalarials available to developing countries.

Care and treatment of sick children

Hugh Reyburn et al. (132–139) find that much improvement is needed in the care given to children in paediatric wards, and Peter Cherutich et al. (155–160) describe the barriers to good care of HIV-infected children.

Measuring the trauma burden

Herman Holslag et al. (111–117) find that road traffic injuries are responsible for most of the major trauma burden in a developed country.

Outcomes and coverage of vaccination

Anthony Nardone et al. (118–125) report on the coverage of rubella vaccination in Australia and 16 European countries. Francis Andre et al. (140–146) calculate the return on investment for vaccination policies in low-income countries.

Resistance to change

Rifat Atun & Igor Olynik (147–154) document the difficulties in implementing tuberculosis control policies in Ukraine.

Vicious cycles

Aasha Mehreen Amin (85–86) describes a primary health care project to break the cycle of poverty and poor health.

Politics and the ashtray

Dale Gavlak (89–90) discusses what needs to be done to stop the epidemic of smoking in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Eye on public health

Jeremy Wagstaff (87–88) explains why it has taken so long for satellite technologies to become useful in public health emergencies.

Why are we prone to disease?

Randolph Nesse (83) proposes that evolutionary biology should be taught as an integral part of public health training.

A snapshot of maternal health worldwide

Archana Shah et al. (126–131) describe how a WHO global survey was used to monitor maternal and perinatal health in countries.

Catching cases

Eloi Marijon et al. (84) make the case for echocardiographic screening of children at risk of rheumatic heart disease.