Books for better health

Access to accurate, reliable information is absolutely crucial in order to deliver medical care and health education, yet around the world people cannot afford the books they need.

Many universities and medical schools lack the funds for online or print resources and students often cannot afford to purchase the books they need either. Students are therefore reliant on the library for all their information yet these often contain textbooks with content that is more than 10 years out of date. Health professionals working in the field face similar challenges, especially in remote rural areas.

Supporting better health and medical care through books

To help meet this need we supply health and medical care books to our partners in Africa and beyond. For many of the libraries we support, these books constitute the vast majority of their medical collections and are an essential resource for health practitioners.

“Our doctors can’t go out so these books keep them updated like other doctors in the world.”

– Mahmoud, Gaza Health Sciences Library

We provide all types of medical books to universities, colleges, hospitals and clinics. Academic medical textbooks reach doctors, nurses, therapists and consultants in hospital libraries as well as students in universities and medical schools. Books on community care are used by midwives and other health practitioners in remote rural community libraries. Vocational textbooks in health and social care and social work help to train the carers of the future, while books on psychology and counselling skills find readers among prison staff and trainee teachers.

The books we send are donated by leading medical publishers such as Elsevier, JP Medical and SAGE, and range from handbooks for community nursing and social work to advanced specialist medical textbooks. Titles sent in 2018 included the classic textbook Netter’s Anatomy (Elsevier); Moseby’s 2018 Nurse Drug Reference (Elsevier); and The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (SAGE).

Supporting hospital libraries in Uganda

In 2018 we worked with Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau on a project to improve the quality of medical healthcare in seven of their medical libraries in hospitals and training schools across Uganda. The project provided books and training for medical librarians in order to enable health professionals to make better-informed decisions on treatment and care.

This included providing new up-to-date medical books on a range of disciplines to add to their library collections, develop librarians’ skills and confidence so they can better manage their libraries, support healthcare practitioners and promote their library collections. Provide support to medical students and staff.

Read the report here to find out more.

2019 in numbers