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.