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Children's Corner a MYSA Library

June Book of the Month

Our latest Book of the Month is the World Psychiatric Association’s Depression and Diabetes:

Depression and DiabetesIn 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It brings together current evidence, including previously unpublished data, in a concise, easy to read format.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.

Children's Corner a MYSA Library

April Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for April is:

April Book of the Month
The Health Choices Book created by the Informed Health Choices network

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.

 

Cartoon

 

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.

Teaching the nurses of tomorrow

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.

Solomon
Solomon

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.

Solomon reading
Solomon is using Mims’ Medical Microbiology to help him prepare his lectures

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.

 

Reading in the library
Student pass rates have increased thanks to the donated books

 

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.

 

Midwifery students
Solomon hopes that this year’s students will 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.

 

Betty
The books in the library are also used by medical staff in the adjoining Nixon Memorial Hospital

 

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.

 

On the ward
Donated books are enabling the nursing school to apply for accreditation to run a higher level nursing course

 

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.

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.

Medical books

The books helping to improve patient care

For medical staff to deliver quality healthcare it is essential they have access to accurate, up-to-date information. Yet many of the hospitals they work in lack the funding to supply the books they need. As a result, many practitioners work with out-of-date texts and limited collections.

We are working to change this. In 2016 alone, we sent over 47,000 brand new medical books to our partners, including Menelik II Referral Hospital in Ethiopia.

Our Book Provision Manager Stevie paid them a visit:

 

Menelik II Hospital

 

The Menelik II Referral Hospital library supports over 300 staff. Book Aid International has supported this library since 2015 and the books it houses are nearly all provided by us.

 

Menelik II Hospital library

 

The hospital has no internet connection or access to online resources and so the library is vital to fill this knowledge gap.

The library is in constant use. Many of the hospital’s doctors make use of the library before and after rounds to check for the most up to date information on a particular condition.

 

Dr Adem

 

I spoke to the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Kassahun Adem, to understand how the library helps him to treat his patients:

New treatment models, investigation methods and technologies are arriving all the time so there is a constant need to update my knowledge. For example, I heard of a recent new diagnostic and teaching method for bronchial asthma and I used books in the library to learn more about it. Any area of medicine needs up-to-date knowledge. These books are everything.

 

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