WHO consultants on the trail At any given time all year round WHO consultants are visiting countries in the Region to assess various aspects of the public health situation in an attempt to help governments face their health problems and solve them to the best of their possibilities and with the resources available. For instance. in Oman Sudan Yemen two of them look for spots in children's eyes the sign of xerophthalmia; in Pakistan one of them attempts to determine the amount of blind people in the population in order to advocate measures to prevent avoidable evils; in Egypt Kuwait and Sudan another one is reviewing social work programmes to try and adapt them to mental health care; in Somalia another one assesses the progress of the expanded programme of Immunization; in the United Arab Emirates one of them notices that malaria can be an imported and man-made disease; in Libya a lady consultant devises measures in cooperation with government authorities to educate the public about their own health. In other places other WHO consultants are discussing health problems and future plans with Ministries of Health in the capital city or journeying through bush and desert djebels and rural areas visiting dispensaries schools refugee camps etc. In this issue: you will read about some of their views and findings.