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Bull World Health Organ vol.87 n.1 Genebra Jan. 2009
IN THIS MONTH'S BULLETIN
This month's cover illustrates health information, one of the six building blocks of health systems (see box below). It shows a man who is asking a family questions as part of a health survey in India.
In an editorial, Ties Boerma et al. (2) calls for more research on measuring the performance of health systems. A second editorial, by Marion Birch (3), discusses the roles of key players in initiatives aimed at reducing health inequities.
Jane Parry & Gary Humphreys (4-5) report on how the global financial crisis could have profound implications for the health spending plans of national governments.
Safe abortion from mid-level providers
Marge Berer (58-63) recommends that qualified mid-level health-care providers perform first-trimester abortions.
In recognition of WHO's drive to revitalize primary health care, each month's cover of the Bulletin this year will feature a photo illustrating one of the six building blocks of health systems:
Health information systems
Medical products and technologies
Leadership and governance.