Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

WHO 60th anniversary commemorative volume

This month’s cover shows a classic public health poster on tuberculosis, a subject covered by several items in this issue. In an editorial, Suzanne Hill et al. (658) discuss the need for further research into tuberculosis treatment for children. In an interview, Brigitte Gicquel (667–668), from the Pasteur Institute, explains why tuberculosis is such a difficult disease to research and treat. Jose I Figueroa-Munoz & Pilar Ramon-Pardo (733–735) discuss some of the challenges of dealing with tuberculosis among deprived communities within wealthier environments.

Call for papers: Jai P Narain & Naman K Shah (660) invite contributions to the Bulletin theme issue on communicable diseases in south-east Asia. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2009.

Preventing further suicide attempts

Alexandra Fleischmann et al. (703–709) demonstrate the effectiveness of brief intervention and contact as part of suicide prevention programmes.

Groundbreaking approach to disaster

Sarah Cumberland (661–663) reports on how a new approach to coordinating humanitarian relief was implemented in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

Google Earth™ solution for disease management

Saul Lozano-Fuentes et al. (718–725) demonstrate the potential of using free software to manage vector-borne diseases.

HIV declines among pregnant women

Research by Elizabeth M Stringer et al. (697–702) suggests that HIV seroprevalence is declining among young pregnant women.

Clarifying causes of death

Ardeshir Khosravi et al. (688–696) find that a significant number of deaths are misclassified within the registration system.

Why reforms fell short

Michael Reid (663–665) reports on Nigeria’s struggle to develop a coordinated approach to primary health care.

Good outcomes for scaled-up antiretroviral treatment

Andrew Boulle et al. (678–687) show that implementing antiretroviral programmes in community clinics is feasible and can achieve excellent results.

Call for improved safety in male circumcision

Robert C Bailey et al. (669–677) report that more than one-third of men in their study experienced adverse effects after traditional circumcision. In an editorial, George P Schmid & Bruce Dick (659) highlight the lack of attention to this practice.

History of the Bulletin

Brigit Ramsingh (665–666) continues the story of our journal in this second instalment of our three-part series.

Diarrhoea in developing countries

Cynthia Boschi-Pinto et al. (710–717) estimate child mortality due to diarrhoea using methods designed for countries that lack good quality data.

International suicide patterns

Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross et al. (726–732) provide the first comprehensive overview of the patterns of suicide methods used around the world.