Water for Life – Community water security

This booklet helps communities to draw on their own knowledge and resources to protect and improve existing water sources, and to develop new sources when needed. It includes information about safe water transport and storage, and practical methods to make water safe for drinking and cooking.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Printed copies cost US $4 each. They are also available for free download at:

Where There Is No Dentist 

by Murray Dickson
Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world have used Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums. The first half of the book contains ideas about prevention and community education. The second half includes instructions on how to do dental examinations, diagnose common dental problems, make and use dental equipment, use local anaesthetics, place fillings and remove teeth.

The book is available in English or Spanish for US $12 each plus shipping, and can be ordered by contacting or online at Both books are also available online.

Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment

This booklet offers basic information and learning activities to help communities understand and prevent sanitationrelated health problems. Communities are offered a choice of affordable, safe, and environmentally sound sanitation alternatives.

Available in English, Spanish and French. Printed copies cost US $4 each.
They are also available for free download at 


HIV and AIDS materials for church leaders

Strategies for Hope Trust has launched Called to Care – a toolkit of HIV and AIDS information and training materials designed for church leaders, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The toolkit consists of a series of practical booklets and short manuals. The first two titles in the Called to Care toolkit are now available:

Positive voices

Religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS 

This booklet contains personal testimonies from religious leaders (Christian and Muslim). It is written for church leaders to enable free and open discussion about HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Making it happen

A guide to help your congregation do HIV and AIDS work 

This booklet contains practical information designed to guide and support congregations in developing and carrying out activities to address issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It includes sections on planning, the project cycle, conducting assessments, decision making and project sustainability.

The books cost £2.40 each, plus packing and postage, from: TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, AL1 5TX, UK Email: Website:

They are also available for free download at:

Some free printed copies are available. Please write, explaining how you plan to use these materials, to: Strategies for Hope 93 Divinity Road, Oxford, OX4 1LN UK


Organisational governance 

This book aims to help board members and those managing Christian development organisations to consider their different roles, and how they can work together to fulfil the organisation’s mission. It looks at key governance principles and issues so that organisations can improve their governance structure or set up a governing body if they do not already have one. There is guidance about recruiting and welcoming new board members.

This is available as a free download in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at:
Printed copies cost £10 (US $18, €14.50), including postage, from: Tearfund Resources Development, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4WQ, UK

Footsteps CD Rom 

The two previous Footsteps CD Roms have proved very popular. A new version is now available. This contains the content of all previous 65 issues of Footsteps in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. It uses html format which means that it is easy to search for any topic. Individual articles can be printed for use in training or translating. Worries over missing back copies can now be put aside! The CD Rom costs £15 (US $27, €22 ) including airmail postage. Address above.

Why advocate for water, sanitation and hygiene? 

This is a short guide aimed at community-based and non-governmental organisations. It is written for organisations involved in delivering water and sanitation to poor communities. It aims to inspire them to address the underlying causes of lack of access to these services. 

Please email: to request either a printed or electronic copy. 


Urban Health and Development 

by Beverley Booth, Kiran Martin and Ted Lankester
This is a practical manual for use in developing countries, covering all kinds of issues which affect urban health. It is full of useful information for improving the quality of life for poor people in urban areas.

This book costs £7 (US $12.50, €10), including postage, and is available from TALC.

Nutrition – a new, free newsletter

Nutrition is a new publication for nutrition practitioners. It provides an opportunity for those working in the field to share their valuable practical experiences. It updates nutrition practitioners on policy, research and technical issues.

To receive a free copy of Nutrition, or to submit an article, email: or write to: The Editors, PO Box 42284, London, E7 OYY, UK