First In-Depth Nationwide Survey in Over a Decade Highlights Striking Health NeedsWASHINGTON, DC (DECEMBER 12, 2002) — A startling picture of Afghanistan's health needs was presented yesterday by the country's Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozudeen Feroz, who explained the results of a six-month effort to analyze Afghanistan's available health services.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — This year, the eyes of the world again turned to South Africa. From the launch of the African Union and the World Conference on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS and the food crisis in the region, 2002 was an exciting and challenging year.

Management Sciences for Health's William Newbrander has contributed two chapters on establishing microinsurance at the community level to the recently released Social Reinsurance: A New Approach to Sustainable Community Health Financing (2002) edited by David M. Dror and Alexander S. Preker and published by the World Bank and the International Labour Organization. Social Reinsurance shows how the underlying idea of social insurance can be made operational in countries without the capacity to finance or organize large-scale systems.