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Bwindi Nursing School Uganda

How medical books benefit whole communities

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.

Midwife and baby

Sending books and saving lives

Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Healthcare practitioners like Dr Joan Shepherd and her team at the National School of Midwifery in Freetown are working hard to change that.

Here Dr Joan explains how books you help to send are educating midwives, saving mothers and giving new-borns a healthy start to life.

Dr Joan
Dr Joan uses books you help to send to teach midwives about safe labour practises

Our country has suffered many crises like the civil war, Ebola outbreak and a devastating mudslide. These events killed thousands – including many healthcare workers – and damaged the healthcare infrastructure.

Today, we have the highest maternal mortality rate in the world – 1,165 mothers die per 100,000 births. We are not proud of that statistic but we are working hard to change it.

Midwifery students
Having access to books enables student and professional midwives to stay up-to-date

Institutions like ours are training midwives who are saving pregnant women and caring for new mothers and newborn babies. Training midwives about safe labour will help reduce the maternal mortality rate. And midwives imparting knowledge to new mothers will help reduce the chances of their new babies becoming ill.

Our weapon is books. When a midwife uses books and puts the knowledge into practice, it’s life-saving.

If a midwife is in difficulties – let’s say they have a very difficult delivery – they consult the books.

When we are armed with knowledge, we are powerful. When dealing with childbirth, we don’t want women or babies to die. We need to have the knowledge and the skills to save lives.

Reading in the library
Books you help to send enable midwives and students prepare well for any challenges they may face

That’s why we were so excited when we received brand new medical books. Our midwives now have access to modern textbooks featuring new developments in treatments to help them prepare to face any challenges on the ward.

These books have strengthened our midwifery school and many more institutions like ours which have also received books from Book Aid International.

The end beneficiaries are the pregnant women, new mothers and newborns receiving safe care.

We are not there yet, in terms of reducing the maternal and infant mortality rates, but we are working on it – and we always need more books! Medical books are constantly being updated with the latest developments so they are always needed.

I’d like to say a big thank you to you and all those who support Book Aid International.

Your donations are invaluable – they impact positively on the lives of those who use the books and we promise that we will make good use of them.


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.

Bwindi Nursing School Uganda

Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals evaluation

The Medical Books for Ugandan Hospitals was implemented in seven hospitals and medical training colleges in Uganda in partnership with the Ugandan Protestant Medical Bureau.

This evaluation report presents the project’s key findings.


Background to the programme

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.