Communicating Health: Action Guide to Health Education.
by J Hubley. 

This book, published in 1993, investigates the way in which communication can help to improve people’s health and discusses ways in which health education and health promotion may be used to help communities and families take action on the health issues that affect their lives. There are practical guidelines on how to carry out effective communication in a variety of settings, including the family, community, schools, health services and the mass media.

A low-cost version of this book is available from TALC. Order from:

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

Latrine Building: A handbook to implementing the sanplat system by Bjorn Brandberg

The sanplat is a simple and highly effective ‘first step’ in the improvement of sanitation (see page 15). This book describes a variety of latrines that are affordable and appropriate to the needs of rural communities and can be built using locally available materials and skills.

Newly published in 1997. Order from:

IT Bookshop, 103–105 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH, UK.

IT publications can also be ordered and paid for in local currency from booksellers in many countries. Write to IT at the above address for details of your nearest stockist.

Information for Health Education on Diarrhoeal Diseases

The book is divided into two sections. The first lists a variety of resource materials – including literature, visual aids, activities and audio-visual materials – on diarrhoeal diseases and health education. There are sub-sections covering background and technical matters, health worker training, and health education itself. Where appropriate, there are brief description of the contents, the intended uses and users. Source organisations, the cost and the languages available are also detailed.

The second section gives the names and addresses of the source organisations referred to in Section 1, and many others with interests that are related – such as nutrition, water and sanitation, essential drugs and participatory learning. Published in 1995 and free to readers in developing countries this will be a useful resource for almost anybody involved in health or water and sanitation activities. Order from:

AHRTAG, 29–35 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3JB, UK.

Community Water Development Edited by Charles Kerr

This is a collection of articles from the Waterlines and Appropriate Technology journals, looking at water sources, pumps, wells, training and maintenance. It contains valuable, practical information. The book has 280 pages, order from IT Publications (address above).

A Guide to the Development of On-site Sanitation
by R Franceys, J Pickford and R Reed ISBN 92 4 154443 0

This lengthy and detailed book provides technical information about the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all kinds of sanitation systems from pit latrines to septic tanks. It describes in detail the planning and development processes. Particular emphasis is given to the need to involve the community at all stages from planning to evaluation and to provide continuing support for them after the construction is complete.

It is available in English, French and Spanish. Though expensive, it is a useful guide and reference.

Obtainable from IT Publications (address above) and WHO.

Developing and Managing Community Water Supplies Oxfam Development Guidelines No.8
by Jan Davis and Gerry Garvey, with Michael Wood

Based on direct field experience, this book discusses the issues and stages in the development of a water supply programme. It covers various stages of the programme cycle: from initiation, through the planning stages, writing proposals and implementation, to community management of the supply and evaluation. The importance of involving all community members in decisions about the programme is emphasised. The need to include hygiene education and the importance of links with sanitation from the very beginning of the programme is also emphasised.

The book includes many short case studies to illustrate some of the difficulties experienced, some of the solutions found and an evaluation of their success. The examples all help to show how a partnership approach can work in practice. Although written from the view of an external agency, there is much that will be relevant to self-help programmes too. Order from IT Publications (address above).

Water Aid reports

Water Aid have copies of two recent reports on urban water supplies. They are called “Mega slums: the coming sanitary crisis” and “Thirsty Cities”. Both are written by Maggie Black and about 20 pages long. They are available free of charge to those working to provide urban water supplies. Write to:

Water Aid, Prince Consort House, 27–29 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UB, UK.


Three very useful free newsletters may be of interest to farmers and foresters. Spore is available in English, French and Portuguese and is produced every two months. It covers a wide number of topics related to agriculture from a technical point of view. Write with details of your work to:

CTA, Postbus 380, 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands.

CTA also publish a number of useful publications on agriculture. Ask for a catalogue if you are interested in ordering books.

Agroforestry Today is aimed at researchers, foresters and farmers who use agroforestry techniques. It looks at the latest research findings and recommends tree species for different environments and purposes. It is published every three months and is available in French and English.

Miti ni Maendeleo is a newsletter for farmers and development workers in East Africa.

For either of these, write with details of your work to:

ICRAF, PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya.