The impact of new medical texts
In rural Uganda, there is only one doctor for every 22,000 people and many people cannot access health care. We have worked with the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) to improve rural healthcare by setting up several medical libraries and providing brand new, up-to-date books and training for library staff. The impact has been immediate and 2,031 medical students benefit. Find out more here.
“The donations have benefitted us as teachers as weare getting updated information which we are passing on to our students. In turn, the patients in our hospitals are benefiting from the latest practices and good quality of care from us.”– Amos Aine, instructor, Bwindi School of Nursing and Midwifery
Keeping the Nixon Memorial Hospital open
The medical books we send contribute directly to the education of the next generation of healthcare professionals.
In Sierra Leone, the Nixon Memorial Hospital trains over 75% of nurses for Sierra Leone’s Eastern region, yet it had so few books and teaching materials that it was threatened with closure. Today, the hospital remains open thanks in part to the 1,000 brand new medical books that we provided in 2017.
“The textbook support from Book Aid International was a reprieve for the nursing school, and without doubt, the hospital itself. All 260 students training to be nurses will no doubt benefit from them!” Read the hospital’s story
One midwife’s story
Malawian midwife Fikanayo has used books we provided at every stage of her education, from primary school right through to the books she uses today while studying for her PhD in community healthcare. Books are crucial to allowing her to care for some of the country’s most vulnerable women and to her current research on public health and diabetes. She hopes to provide better information on self-care for diabetic patients.
“If the books were not here it would have been very hard. The books elaborate and make it easier. The internet might tell you something but books are better. They give you more information.” Read Fikanayo’s story