Table of Contents: October 2009

In April 2009, PLoS Medicine announced a "refocusing of the journal's priorities." Going forward, said the editors, the journal would prioritize papers addressing those diseases with the greatest global burden. It would also aim to be as broad a journal as possible, publishing papers that explored not just biological causes of illness, but also social, environmental, and political determinants of health. In this month's Editorial, as the journal marks its official five year anniversary, the editors look back over the last six months to assess the impact of the refocused scope.

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Five Years of Access and Activism

The PLoS Medicine Editors

Neglected Diseases

Packages of Care for Depression in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Vikram Patel, Gregory Simon, Neerja Chowdhary, Sylvia Kaaya, Ricardo Araya

Packages of Care for Epilepsy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Caroline K. Mbuba, Charles R. Newton

Packages of Care for Alcohol Use Disorders in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

Vivek Benegal, Prabhat K. Chand, Isidore S. Obot

Packages of Care for Schizophrenia in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Jair de Jesus Mari, Denise Razzouk, Rangaswamy Thara, Julian Eaton, Graham Thornicroft

Health in Action

Research Articles

Task Shifting for Scale-up of HIV Care: Evaluation of Nurse-Centered Antiretroviral Treatment at Rural Health Centers in Rwanda

Fabienne Shumbusho, Johan van Griensven, David Lowrance, Innocent Turate, Mark A. Weaver, Jessica Price, Agnes Binagwaho

Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing Loss to Follow-up in HIV Treatment Programs: A Côte d'Ivoire Appraisal

Elena Losina, Hapsatou Touré, Lauren M. Uhler, Xavier Anglaret, A. David Paltiel, Eric Balestre, Rochelle P. Walensky, Eugène Messou, Milton C. Weinstein, François Dabis, Kenneth A. Freedberg, for the ART-LINC Collaboration of International Epidemiological Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA), and the CEPAC International investigators

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