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March 2014

PLOS Medicine has long been committed to highlighting the key role of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in improving health.

In an editorial to coincide with World Water Day, the PLOS Medicine editors discuss the importance of WASH in the global health agenda, highlight some key WASH papers that PLOS Medicine has published over the past few years and and confirm PLOS Medicine's commitment to continuing to publish WASH-related research.

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Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations

Kathryn M. Chu, Sudha Jayaraman, Patrick Kyamanywa, Georges Ntakiyiruta

Health in Action

Early Experiences Implementing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention in San Francisco

Albert Liu, Stephanie Cohen, Stephen Follansbee, Deborah Cohan, Shannon Weber, Darpun Sachdev, Susan Buchbinder

Policy Forum

How Can Journals Respond to Threats of Libel Litigation?

Nav Persaud, Thom Ringer, Trudo Lemmens

Research Articles

The Role of Viral Introductions in Sustaining Community-Based HIV Epidemics in Rural Uganda: Evidence from Spatial Clustering, Phylogenetics, and Egocentric Transmission Models

Mary K. Grabowski, Justin Lessler, Andrew D. Redd, Joseph Kagaayi, Oliver Laeyendecker, Anthony Ndyanabo, Martha I. Nelson, Derek A. T. Cummings, John Baptiste Bwanika, Amy C. Mueller, Steven J. Reynolds, Supriya Munshaw, Stuart C. Ray, Tom Lutalo, Jordyn Manucci, Aaron A. R. Tobian, Larry W. Chang, Chris Beyrer, Jacky M. Jennings, Fred Nalugoda, David Serwadda, Maria J. Wawer, Thomas C. Quinn, Ronald H. Gray, the Rakai Health Sciences Program

The Effectiveness of Community Action in Reducing Risky Alcohol Consumption and Harm: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

Anthony Shakeshaft, Christopher Doran, Dennis Petrie, Courtney Breen, Alys Havard, Ansari Abudeen, Elissa Harwood, Anton Clifford, Catherine D'Este, Stuart Gilmour, Rob Sanson-Fisher

Assessing Causality in the Association between Child Adiposity and Physical Activity Levels: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis

Rebecca C. Richmond, George Davey Smith, Andy R. Ness, Marcel den Hoed, George McMahon, Nicholas J. Timpson

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Eric C. Strunz, David G. Addiss, Meredith E. Stocks, Stephanie Ogden, Jürg Utzinger, Matthew C. Freeman

Lung Function and Incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease after Improved Cooking Fuels and Kitchen Ventilation: A 9-Year Prospective Cohort Study

Yumin Zhou, Yimin Zou, Xiaochen Li, Shuyun Chen, Zhuxiang Zhao, Fang He, Weifeng Zou, Qiuping Luo, Wenxi Li, Yiling Pan, Xiaoliang Deng, Xiaoping Wang, Rong Qiu, Shiliang Liu, Jingping Zheng, Nanshan Zhong, Pixin Ran