Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91:545. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.000813 [PDF]

In the editorial section, David B Evans and colleagues (546) discuss the dimensions of universal health coverage. In the news, Gary Humphreys & Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga (549–550) report on the approach France is taking to counter trends in childhood obesity. Fiona Fleck (551–552) interviews Philip James on how the global obesity epidemic started and what should be done to reverse it.


Measuring water quality

Ayotunde T Etchie et al. (553–561) calculate the disease burden caused by unsafe water.

South Africa

Violent ends to young lives

Shanaaz Mathews et al. (562–568) describe the epidemiology of child homicides.

Republic of Korea

Documenting harms

Hyeun-Kyoo Shin et al. (569–575) report adverse events of traditional medicine.


Hot days and hospital use

Emily YY Chan et al. (576–584) study the relationship between weather and illness.

Peru, Uganda & Viet Nam

Reaching adolescent girls

Carol E Levin et al. (585–592) estimate the cost of delivering HPV vaccines.


Breastfeeding in emergencies

Mohamed Ag Ayoya et al. (612–617) evaluate the impact of baby tents.


Healthy mothers, healthy babies

Atif Rahman et al. (593–601) review the evidence for treating perinatal mental disorders.

Defining coverage

Joseph Kutzin (602–611) outlines policy implications of working towards universal health coverage.

Reforming research incentives

Mary Moran (618–620) debates the scope of a research and development convention.