Public health in the Yemen Arab Republic. Second five-year (1982-1986) national health development plan adopted. Public health activities in Lebanon. Going on in spite of difficult circumstances. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Heart diseases in Egypt. Brief news : The refugee problem in Somalia and Sudan. Progress of the expanded programme of immunization in the Yemen Arab Republic. Training of village water operators in the Yemen Arab Republic. Discontinuation of smallpox vaccination. Poliomyelitis in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cholera and the Mecca pilgrimage.