Bwindi Nursing School Uganda

How medical books benefit whole communities

28th August 2019 | Blog

Your support is enabling medical practitioners in Uganda to deliver safer healthcare. Our recent project with Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) has not only provided medical practitioners and students with a broad range of up-to-date medical texts but also training for the librarians who run the medical libraries they use, equipping them with the skills to manage their libraries and help people find the books they need.

Here, the staff and students using the revitalised medical libraries tell us more:

Medical students reading in library


Having access to up-to-date books is a step change for these hospitals and colleges:

It felt like a wedding was taking place.

“The day I brought these books and I started opening the boxes, people were very happy and it felt like a wedding was taking place. It is memorable as I suddenly realised life had changed for the college community. I had good books for my users.”

– Amos Aine, Library Manager and Medical Instructor, Bwindi School of Nursing and Midwifery.


The books are already making a huge difference for students:

Elynah with the book on dermatology that really helped her

“In the last semester we studied a dermatology course. It seemed difficult and I was wondering what to do. In the meantime, these books had just been brought and I found a book on dermatology. I read the book which made me understand the subject well that I passed my exam very well with a grade ‘A’ of 85 points. Later on when I did my dermatology paper two exam I got a grade ‘A’ of 89 points. I now like dermatology and feel it is my best subject!”

– Elynah Mussiimenta, Medical Laboratory Techniques Student, Ishaka Adventist Hospital.

I really understand the brain topic now.

“We have discussion groups in our class. One day, our group leader told me that I would lead a discussion on the brain. I did not understand the brain well. I read my class notes on the topic of brain and I could not understand. I came to the library and read the topic on brains from the Building a Medical Vocabulary book and I got the topic right. When I led a discussion with my group members, they were very happy as I was able to present well. I really understand the brain topic now.”

Maria Gorret Nakamya, student, Mukono Diocese School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Bwindi Nursing School Library
Bwindi Nursing School Library filled with brand new books

And lecturers have the resources to teach the curriculum well:

“They are ideal for the course unit I am teaching. They are easy to understand . . . The books can be used from diploma to masters level. … it reduces the pressure on me. I can now cross-check books, get update for drugs, look at adverse effects.”

– Rachael Luwaga, Acting Head of Department, Bishop Stuart Ruharo University Department of Nursing.

When medical practitioners and students have access to brand new up-to date books, the whole community benefits:

“As teachers we are getting updated information which we are passing on to our students. In turn the patients in our hospitals are benefiting from latest practices and good quality of care from us.”

Amos Aine, library manager and medical instructor, Bwindi School of Nursing and Midwifery.


The Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals project has been generously funded by GILDEAD Sciences Inc. We would like to thank them for their support.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to Elsevier whose medical book donations have made up a significant proportion of the books used for this project.

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