Malaria: a continuing threat

Issue No 6 of Child Health Dialogue was on the subject of malaria and its control. This newsletter is free to readers in developing countries. For further information write to the Publications Secretary at AHRTAG, address below.

Insecticide Treated Nets for Malaria Control

Mosquito nets treated with pyrethroid insecticides have been found effective in protecting against malaria. Their use is increasingly being encouraged. Obtaining supplies of the relevant materials is essential. AHRTAG, UK, and PATH, Canada, have therefore produced a directory of suppliers of insecticides and mosquito nets. It contains information on the treatment of nets and details of where to obtain nets, bulk netting, insecticides and a list of useful contacts and resource materials. Single copies are available free of charge; organisations requesting bulk copies will be asked to contribute to postage. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to use or treat mosquito nets. Write to:

Mary Helena, AHRTAG, 29–35 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3JB, UK. Fax: +44 171 242 0041 E-mail:

Soil Fertility Management

This is the latest booklet produced in the series on Dryland Farming by Studio Driya Media. As with the others in the series, clear illustrations take up more space than text. It is full of practical information on improving soil fertility, including erosion control, organic fertilisers, improving water retention and cropping systems.

The booklet costs is available in English from:

World Neighbours, 4127 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73120-8869, USA. Fax: +1 405 752 9393

Poverty and Health: Reaping a Richer Harvest by Marie-Thérèse Feurstein

This new book is aimed at those working to reduce both poverty and ill health. It examines the effects of poverty on human health and shares ideas for improvements. It emphasises participatory and people-centred development. It provides a helpful overview of the links between poverty and health. It is well illustrated with plenty of checklists, charts and diagrams.The book is available  from:

TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TX, UK.

Tecnologías Campesinas del Café

This is a series of small booklets in Spanish produced by CETEP in Venezuela. Titles include: Varieties of Coffee, Selecting Beans, Propagation and Sowing, Pests and Diseases, Pruning and Marketing. The booklets are aimed at small-scale producers wanting to produce good quality coffee. The language used is simple and the explanations are clear, with illustrations to help.

This is part of a wider collection of booklets on rural technology. CETEP is an independent, nonprofit-making organisation, aiming to support groups and organisations with technical information for grass-roots development.

Order from:Javier Vazquez, CETEP, Apartado Postal 9, Barquisimeto, Venezuela.Tel/fax: +58 51 313372

Towards the Healthy Women Counselling Guide

This book provides ideas on developing health materials for women. It is based on research with three communities in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Health clinics may often be almost totally concerned with family planning and child survival so women may not think of using clinics for other health concerns. Women often lack information about their general health. In addition, they are less likely to seek advice about their own health from medical staff, through lack of money, embarrassment or because they put their children’s needs first. Their traditional knowledge of herbal cures and remedies is often ignored.

Information needs to be provided in ways which are appropriate and meet their real needs. The book considers issues which affect women’s health and diseases and illnesses which cause them most concern. The research carried out in producing this guide reveals that many women disregard or ignore obvious symptoms of ill health because they are ashamed to see male doctors.

This very useful and well illustrated guide is available free of charge. See address below.

Mucoore (trusted friend) – Let’s share with others!

This book is a follow-up to the above guide and looks at various ways of encouraging information sharing about gender and health issues. First it identifies health issues of importance to women. Then it uses ideas from role plays, radio scripts, stories and discussion starters as ways to pass on information on these issues. The book contains examples which can be adapted and gives useful guidelines for producing further material. This book will encourage anyone involved in communicating health messages to think more imaginatively about many different methods of effective communication. These two useful books are available free of charge from:

The Gender, Health and Communication Teams, UNDP/World Bank/WHO, Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.

Health Workers for Change

This is a very practical manual to be used in half day workshops or training sessions with health workers. It aims to help health workers look at their jobs and the way they do them. It helps them explore reasons for poor quality health care. It focuses on women. Each exercise has been well tested and contains useful comments and case studies. The manual is attractive with plenty of illustrations from Africa. The six workshops included should produce interest, enthusiasm and valuable information. There is additional information on ideas to help relax participants and improve communication.

This very useful and practical manual is available free of charge. Write, describing your work, to:

Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, UNDP/World Bank/WHO, Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.

Se Prendre en Charge

An excellent series of cartoon strip books using cartoons written in Lingala with a French translation underneath. There are nine in the series, called Taking responsibility for oneself. They cover four different areas – hygiene, health, gardening and livestock – with subjects such as malaria, raising pigeons, ducks and rabbits, clean drinking water and growing beans. The cartoons are clear and bring the subject to life. Practical details are provided in both Lingala and French. Write for more details or with a donation to:

Sister Rosario Zambello, BP 335, Limete – Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa.

Malaria Control in Three Communities

This slide set with 47 slides gives details of different approaches to malaria control in Sudan, India and Thailand and concentrates on health education, selfhelp and community participation. The slides are easily understood by anyone concerned with malaria control, as they do not require medical knowledge. They are available from TALC at the address above.

Sample seeds

SETRO are a small, private tree seed centre who will supply small samples of seeds for rural development. They stock seed of a number of tropical forest species. They will provide small samples free of charge and at cost price for larger quantities. Write with details of climate and vegetation to:

SETRO, PO Box 116, Siquatepeque, Honduras, Central America. Fax +504 73 0767