Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:241-241. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.000411

In an editorial, Babak Pourbohloul & Marie Paule Kieny (242) discuss the emerging discipline of complex systems analysis and its potential use in health system management. In a second editorial, Michelle Kermode et al. (243) call for including opioid substitution therapy in programmes to prevent HIV transmission in resource-poor settings. Alice Ghent (246–247) reports on the growing trend towards using happiness as a measure of national progress. In an interview, Mercedes de Onis (250–251) talks to Gozde Zorlu about WHO’s new child growth standards.

Africa: Low contraception use among poor women

Andreea A Creanga et al. (258–266) examine the use of contraception in 13 countries.

Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: Low infant mortality despite the odds

Flavia Riccardo et al. (304–311) analyse infant mortality trends among Palestine refugees.

Malawi, Uganda and Zambia: Translating evidence into policy

Eleanor Hutchinson et al. (312–316) discuss factors that affect the uptake of research evidence in national policies.

Romania: Prevention is better than cure

Viviana Balanescu (248–249) reports on how the Romanian health system is struggling with the high burden of noncommunicable diseases.

Seychelles: Preventing cardiovascular disease

Roger Ndindjock et al. (286–295) compare two different therapeutic approaches to managing cardiovascular risk factors.

South Africa: Exposing misclassified deaths

Jeanette Kurian Birnbaum et al. (278–285) find that more than 90% of deaths from HIV/AIDS are attributed to other causes.

Global: Does recession reduce global aid?

David Stuckler et al. (252–257) find that global aid for health has not decreased during previous economic recessions.

Global: Cost of child survival

Liselore van Ekdom et al. (267–277) re-examine the global price tag for child survival interventions.

Global: Assessing public health events

Thomas Haustein et al. (296–303) investigate the process of notifying potentially dangerous public health events under the International Health Regulations.