Our latest Book of the Month is the World Psychiatric Association’s Depression and Diabetes:
In the medical world there is a growing awareness of the interrelationship between depression and numerous physical diseases. Depression and Diabetes is the first in a three-part series which provides an update on current evidence of these interrelationships.
It brings together current evidence, including previously unpublished data, in a concise, easy to read format. It addresses how these co-existing conditions can develop, their impact on quality of life, effective treatments and how the negative consequences of depression in diabetes could be avoided.
The book’s practical approach means it will be useful for all practitioners involved in treating these patients from diabetes specialists to general practitioners and mental health nurses.
Depression and Diabetes will soon be on its way to Zimbabwe along with over 2,000 other brand new medical books.
These books will be going to a wide range of hospitals, training colleges and universities in Zimbabwe and they will provide practitioners and students with up-to-date medical research and evidence to support high quality training and healthcare.
The Health Choices Book has been created by a network of multi-disciplinary health professionals across the world for use by primary school pupils to support their learning about health, wellbeing and how to make well-informed choices.
The book is packed with a variety of resources for teachers to use. It’s split into sections focussing on key concepts (including what health is, what a treatment is and how to decide if a treatment is good or not) and each section provides several ways for children engage with a topic.
Simple language and bright illustrations introduce a concept, followed by some discussion questions, class activities and short written exercises which teachers can use to deepen pupils’ understanding. Each section also includes a cartoon story following siblings John and Julie as they encounter health-related scenarios, bringing to life each key concept using experiences and settings which a young reader will be familiar.
This book will be incredibly useful for all our partners working with children and in schools, especially those working in rural communities where misinformation about health and medicine can be common.
Although schools and libraries are currently closed in many of the countries our partners work in, it is titles like The Health Choices Book that you help to send which mean that teachers and librarians have already been able to introduce many children and young people to information about health and wellbeing.
Sierra Leone’s eleven-year civil war severely affected the country’s healthcare. Much infrastructure was destroyed and many staff fled for their lives. Ebola then claimed the lives of 10% of the country’s healthcare workers.
Institutions like Nixon Memorial Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and its nursing school were left struggling and threatened with closure. Yet the school once produced over 75% of nurses for the entire eastern region of the country – an area covering over 15,000 square kilometres with a population of over 1.5 million people.
Tutors like Solomon are passionate about raising up the next generation of healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone and is using books you help to send to support his vital work.
Our challenge was shortage of books. You cannot continue with archaic books that have been written 10 or 15 years ago – other developments have been found.
But I am very happy – last year Practical Tools Initiative (PTI) gave us books from Book Aid International. Now we have up-to-date books – books on anatomy and physiology, books on surgery, midwifery, paediatrics, microbiology. You name them, we have them! Marvellous books. And we are really making good use of them.
For the past week I have been reading the Mims’ Medical Microbiology which is my specialty. I love this book so much because it is up to date. It has really helped me to make my notes and to impart knowledge onto the students.
The books have given us a positive change.
They have opened the way for research. Now, if the students were to do research on a topic or any tropical disease, any operation or nursing care, then they can go in there [to the library] and study.
Since we have started using these books, our results have really improved. Two years ago, some of our students did not achieve the minimum overall pass mark.
But the group last year, because of the existence of this library and the Book Aid International books all 92 students passed their state final examinations.
And I am also hoping that come this November, the next group of students will also pass with flying colours.
We are living in one the poorest [districts] in the country. There are many people living in the rural areas who have problems with disease, more than people who are living in urban areas. Yet urban areas are served with so many doctors and nurses whereas rural areas have few. Like in this hospital, we only have one doctor who works around the clock.
So the only way to help us is books.
Without books, you cannot learn. And if you don’t learn, you cannot help your community.
These books aren’t only for tutors and students, they are for everybody. The healthcare workers in the hospital that this school is attached to are using them too. Even the people who are training in Freetown, we tell them we have lots of books. So if they don’t have books, about particular surgery, they will come here and it will be an immense help for them.
In the future, we are planning to run the higher course of state registered nursing and midwifery here. The books are one of the things that will allow us to do this – staff and students having access to a range of up-to-date information is one of the criteria that we have to meet to run a higher course.
We are very very thankful to Practical Tools Initiative for opening this link between us and Book Aid International so that more books will be brought to us, and hopefully we are going to do the higher course shortly.
We would like to thank our partner Practical Tools Initiative who ensure the books you help to send reach the healthcare professionals, hospitals and medical training institutions that need them most.
The project aimed to improve the quality of healthcare in Uganda by providing health professionals and students with access to up-to-date medical books and resources, enabling them to make better-informed decisions on treatment and patient care.
The project’s main objectives were:
Provide an updated print collection of a range of medical and healthcare books, including HIV/AIDS, for professional hospital staff in seven hospitals in Uganda.
Equip hospital librarians with the confidence and key librarianship skills to manage their library and promote their collections.
Provide support to medical and healthcare students during their education and training.
Key findings from the Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals project
– Students are better able to support their studies.
Students reported that they now have the resources to read around subjects they are taught in class and understand subjects they are having difficulty with.
– Lecturers have more resources for their lessons.
Teaching staff report that lesson planning and setting tests and examinations is much easier with a broader range of up-to-date resources to draw upon.
– Improvement in students’ performance.
Training colleges report that exam scores are improving thanks to access to the new books.
The Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals project has been generously funded by GILDEAD Sciences Inc. We would like to thank them for their support.