In this month's Bulletin
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:401-401. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.000612
In the editorials of this issue, Peter Waiswa et al. (403) argue that social autopsies are needed to improve maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes, while John Walley et al. (402) look at primary care management of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.
In the news section, Patrick Adams (408–409) tells the story of Turkey’s fight against tobacco, while Gary Humphreys (406–407) looks at progress being made in the field of rare diseases. In an interview, Rajiv N Rimal (410–411) discusses the benefits and challenges of using social media for public health.
Evaluating meningitis risk
A Beresniak et al. (412–417) use surveillance data to predict meningitis outbreaks and identify high-risk areas.
Complicated births and maternal deaths
Katerini T Storeng et al. (418–425) find that women who survived a complicated labour and delivery were more likely to die within the next four years.
Reducing payments for the elderly
Akihiro Nishi et al. (426–435) find better health outcomes in elderly Japanese people who are eligible for reduced cost-sharing schemes.
Detecting acute poisoning
L Senarathna et al. (436–443) compare sources of data to establish the incidence of acute poisoning.
Medical conditions among Iraqi refugees
Farrah J Mateen et al. (444–451) investigate the health needs of Iraqi refugees.
Mortality through injury
Jiaying Zhao et al. (461–467) find that 436.4 million life-years could be saved annually through better injury prevention.
Improving pesticide regulations
Dung Tri Phung et al. (468–473) discuss ways of improving farm worker safety by regulating agricultural pesticide use.
Piloting malaria’s Affordable Medicines Facility
Gavin Yamey at al. (452–460) set benchmarks for increased use of artemisinin-based combination therapies.
Mortality in low-resource settings
Christina Pagel at al. (474–476) show how charts can be used to detect unexpected changes in outcomes.