Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2010;88:81-81. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.000210

Maggie A Montgomery and Jamie Bartram (82) challenge the utility of surgery and antibiotics for the elimination of blinding trachoma in the absence of adequate environmental measures.

International cooperation and assistance remain crucial for the success of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, says Haik Nikogosian (83) on the fifth anniversary of the treaty.

United States of America: Halving coronary deaths

Simon Capewell et al. (120–130) propose scenarios to reduce cardiovascular mortality.

Pakistan: Politics and polio

The resurgence of the disease is jeopardizing worldwide efforts to eradicate the disease, writes Sania Nishtar (159–160).

Thailand: Health finance

Thailand tries to ensure costly renal replacement therapy does not threaten universal health coverage, reports Apiradee Treerutkuarkul (84–85).

Bangladesh: Which barrier is best?

Amnesty LeFevre et al. (104–112) examine the cost-effectiveness of skin creams for preterm infants to prevent infections.

United Arab Emirates: Weighty problems

Consumption of fast food and sugary drinks has caused a rise in obesity and diabetes, reports Michael Reid (86–87).

Uganda: Expiry of essential medicines

Josephine Katabaazi Nakyanzi et al. (154–158) assess how to improve the pharmaceuticals supply chain.

Sri Lanka: Health and human rights

Savitri Goonesekere (88–89) tells Sarah Cumberland how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child works as a powerful accountability measure.

Brazil: Ivermectin for head lice

Daniel Pilger et al. (90–96) find that mass treatment may reduce this scourge of childhood.

India: Vaccinations at the right time

Shankar Prinja et al. (97–103) assess strategies to ensure children are immunized at the appropriate age.

Australia: Preventing pneumonia

KF O’Grady et al. (139–146) evaluate the effectiveness of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in indigenous infants.

Warning lights on maternal death

João Paulo Souza et al. (113–119) review childbirth records in eight Latin American countries.

Why do mothers die?

Suzanne Cross et al. (147–153) highlight the need to classify causes of maternal death in developing countries.

Who to believe?

SV Subramanian et al. (131–138) study the links between education and self-rated health assessments.