Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month’s Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:545-545. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.000811

In editorials, Ala Din Alwan et al. (546) and Dermot Maher & Nathan Ford (547) discuss the growing importance of noncommunicable diseases and their expectations for the upcoming United Nations high-level meeting in New York. In an interview, director of the Department of food safety at the World Health Organization, Maged Younes (554–555), talks about the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany.

Bangladesh: Health and development trends

Md Mobarak Hossain Khan et al. (583–593) identify huge inequities between rich and poor populations.

Cambodia: Volunteers are the best weapon

Yin Soeum & Gozde Zorlu (552–553) report on the challenges of preventing the spread of resistant malaria.

Ethiopia: Injectable contraceptives

Ndola Prata et al. (556–564) show that community health workers can safely give injectable contraceptives.

Gambia: Gaps in surgical resources

Adam Iddriss et al. (565–572) find a serious lack of physical and human resources to perform essential and emergency surgery.

Nicaragua: Challenges managing HIV

Henry Espinoza et al. (619–620)discuss the need for better information systems and diagnostics for HIV.

West Africa: Vaccine success for the meningitis belt

As this year’s meningitis season comes to a close, Felicity Thompson (550–551) reports on the new vaccine that is already having a big impact.

Global: Achieving the 2015 target

Philippe Glaziou et al. (573–582) predict global targets of halving tuberculosis deaths from 1990 to 2015 can be achieved.

Global: Antibiotics for severe malnutrition

Marzia Lazzerini & David Tickell (594–607) review the evidence for giving broad-spectrum antibiotics to children with severe acute malnutrition.

Global: Engaging civil society

Haileyesus Getahun & Mario Raviglione (616–618) discuss how civil society should play a greater role in tuberculosis prevention and care.

Global: Maternal depression and child growth

Pamela J Surkan et al. (608–615) investigate the relationship between maternal mental health and childhood stunting and underweight.