In this month’s Bulletin
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:81-81. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.000211
In an editorial, Greg Fegan et al. (82) discuss the potential of internet-based technologies for sharing public health data. In a second editorial, Nir Eyal & Samia A Hurst (83) suggest a fundamental change is needed in medical education to improve the retention of doctors in rural areas. In an interview, Chris Feudtner (90–91) explains how the diabetes epidemic is a product of modern technology.
China: Costs of childbirth in rural areas
Qian Long et al. (144–152) investigate the financial burden on women giving birth in health facilities in rural areas.
Kenya: Distance barrier to care
Jennifer C Moïsi et al. (102–111) examine the link between travel time to hospital and child deaths.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Stagnation in family planning
John G Cleland et al. (137–143) find that access to contraception is limited, particularly in west Africa.
Sudan: Goitre in schoolchildren
Abdel Monim MH Medani et al. (121–126) research iodine deficiency disorders in urban schoolchildren.
Uganda: Tuning in to secure food
Gary Humphreys (86–87) reports on a low-cost local solution to food insecurity.
United States of America: Race against time
The antibiotics pipeline is drying up while resistance to existing drugs is increasing. Theresa Braine (88–89) reports.
Viet Nam: Weight gain in pregnancy
Erika Ota et al. (127–136) find low maternal weight gain puts babies at risk of low birthweight.
Global: Estimating disease burden
David M Vock et al. (112–120) show the effects of uncertainty when estimating child deaths from rotavirus infection.
Global: High cholesterol, low diagnosis and treatment
Gregory A Roth et al. (92–101) find that many people with high blood cholesterol remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Global: More than a donor fad
Bruno Meessen et al. (153–156) discuss performance-based financing in the context of health-care reform in developing countries.
Global: Access to antiretrovirals
Leigh F Johnson & Andrew Boulle (157–160) propose a new definition of access to antiretroviral treatment.