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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.


Nursing students

Enhancing healthcare training Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, there are few medical books available in bookshops and their high price points mean few healthcare students are able to purchase them. Yet tight budgets can mean that medical school libraries are unable to provide all the up-to-date books their students need.

Thanks to your support, this is not the case for nursing students at St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Lupane who have a well-stocked library of books to bolster their lessons with.

We talked to nursing and midwifery tutor Mollie Gabellah at St Luke’s about the difference books that you have helped to send are making for her students.


Mollie Gabellah
Nursing and Midwifery Tutor, Mollie


When I came here in 2000, the books were quite old and the situation was something else. But in the past three, four years we’ve been getting regular supplies from Book Aid International – new books which are according to what is expected on the programme and the curriculum. And not just one copy of a book, we are getting several.


Using books in class
Student nurses using books you help to send in class


We cannot buy books because we don’t have the money. Budgets for running hospitals are a challenge and the hospital schools are the worst affected. They don’t view schools as essential services. The clinical services are the essential ones. But it is the schools that produce the people who man the clinical departments.


Student practical
Students put methods learned from books you help to send into practice

Even if we had the money, we have no shops that sell these books. People can say you have the alternative source of the internet but we do not have reliable internet. For students to be able to access the internet, it’s on their phone and they have to pay. So the only source we have is through Book Aid International.


St Luke's Library
The library room stocked with books you have helped to send


When we had fewer books, we would reserve the newer ones for the tutors only. They would use them as resource books. But in the end it meant they had to work hard to give students all the information they needed [as the students didn’t have access to the books]. But it was like feeding them all the time. Now we have more books, the tutors can give the students a guideline which they’ll go and research and come up with their own notes. So the more books we have, the more independent the students become. If they can go out and search the information, that enhances their understanding.

We want to reach world standards – it’s not like we are training nurses so they can go and work abroad. We need those skills, that knowledge here. These books from Book Aid International have enhanced our service delivery.