Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2009;87:733-733. doi: 10.2471/BLT.09.001009

In an editorial, Robert Pattinson et al. (734) describe the development of a new WHO maternal mortality and morbidity classification system.

In a second editorial, Giorgio Cometto & Nouria Brikci (735) express concerns about a private equity fund manager’s role in providing aid in Africa.

Tami Toroyan & Margie Peden (736) discuss, in a third editorial, the findings of the first global overview of road safety.

United Kingdom: Patient power through telemedicine

Kathryn Senior (739–740) reports on a new telephone support programme that is helping patients with chronic illnesses.

Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip: Catching outbreaks

Dale Gavlak (741–742) reports on how Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians cooperate on disease surveillance.

Bangladesh, India, Malawi & Nepal: Ethics of public health research

David Osrin et al. (772–779) discuss issues of consent in conducting cluster randomized controlled trials.

Central America: Intellectual property and access to medicines

Alejandro Cerón & Angelina Snodgrass Godoy (787–793) analyse the effects of legislation.

The Gambia: Oxygen supply options

Stephen RC Howie et al. (763–771) develop a tool to choose the best oxygen system for specific settings.

China: Discovery from ancient fever medicine

Cui Weiyuan interviews Zhou Yiqing (743–744), the man who developed the first artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for malaria.

China: Pesticides and suicide

Jianmin Zhang et al. (745–753) find a link between pesticide exposure and suicidal ideation in rural China.

Peru: Vaccinating health workers

Naomi Mapstone (737–738) reports on the challenges faced in Peru’s hepatitis B campaign.

Africa: Antiretrovirals in the workplace

S Van der Borght et al. (794–798) show how a multinational company purchased discounted medicines for its employees.

South Africa: Antiretrovirals and mortality rates

Abraham J Herbst et al. (754–762) show the significant effect of an antiretroviral therapy programme.

Climate change and health equity

Sarah Catherine Walpole et al. (799–801) discuss balancing climate change policy and improving health equity.

Revitalize diarrhoea management

Christa L Fischer Walker et al. (780–786) call for greater use of two life-saving interventions.

Prevention is the best cure

Michael Peck et al. (802–804) call for greater focus on prevention of burns.