High medical distinction bestowed on Dr A.H. Taba regional director. Appointment of WHO programme coordinator in Djibouti. Health manpower development: WHO fellowships for educational development. Vector biology and control: The regional training centre for Malaria and vector biology and control in Baghdad Iraq. Maternal and child health: The role of women's associations in the United Arab Emirates. Control of Diarrhoeal diseases (CDD): CDD in the Blue Nile health project. Water decade (IDWSSD): Progress of water decade in Southern Sudan. Mental Health: Travelling seminar on psychotropic Drugs. Cancer control: New approaches. Smoking and youth: WHO conference to take place in November. World food day: Statement by Dr H. Mahler WHO director-general.