Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:777-777. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.001111

In the editorial section, Manisha Nair et al. (778) discuss the impact of policies outside the health sector on infant mortality. Isabella Danel et al. (779) call for better reporting systems of maternal deaths in low-income countries.


Disability trends

Xiaoying Zheng et al. (788–797) analyse changes in reported disability over 20 years.

Lack of syphilis testing

Li-Gang Yang et al. (798–805) find that few health facilities offer syphilis testing to pregnant women.


After the Arab Spring

In an interview, Hoda Rashad (786–787), former member of the Egyptian Senate and equity campaigner, calls for a social justice approach to health.


Family planning gains ground

Dale Gavlak (782–783) reports on the increasing recognition of the role of family planning, both for health and economic development.


Counting deaths

Patama Vapattanawong & Pramote Prasartkul (806–812) estimate the number of unregistered deaths.

Viet Nam

Bring back iodized salt

Jane Fisher et al. (813–820) link iodine deficiencies in pregnant women to a decline in use of iodized salt.


Evaluating effectiveness

Theodore Svoronos & Kedar S Mate (831–837) propose new ways to evaluate health programmes in different settings.

Genetics and malaria drugs

Mary W Roederer et al. (838–845) suggest that host genetics should play a role when selecting antimalarials.

New ideas for AIDS

Heidi J Larson et al. (846–852) outline a new direction for a global response to the AIDS epidemic.

Social media for health

Ben Jones (784–785) reports on the increased role of social media for public health.

High coverage of HPV vaccines

D Scott LaMontagne et al. (821–830) assess coverage of the human papillomavirus vaccine in India, Peru, Uganda and Viet Nam.