Hanyane - A Village Struggles for Eye Health by Dr Erika Sutter, Dr Allen Foster and Ms Victoria Francis

The 263 page book is designed to help those involved in health care and in particular, eye nurses, ophthalmic assistants and community health workers.

The book is divided into three parts: Part One is based on the true story of a group of villagers who were encouraged to improve their own eye health. In each chapter problems are faced, questions are asked and issues discussed. Part Two is written for health workers. It explains how an eye patient should be examined, how to make a diagnosis and how to manage common eye problems. There is a section on important health messages to prevent eye diseases. Part Three is a set of lecture notes for ophthalmic assistants and nurses, giving more detailed information on the causes of eye disorders, and the treatment of eye diseases.

The book provides an excellent introduction to the whole subject of eye health. It can be ordered from:

Dr A Foster, Preventive Ophthalmology Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath Street, London, EC1V 9EL UK. 

Eye Care Programmes in Developing Countries by Harjinder S Chana

This 179 page manual is an important resource book presenting the principles, planning, setting up and evaluation of eye care programmes in developing countries. It would be a useful guide to anyone involved in establishing an eye care programme. The author has many years of field experience and emphasises the importance of encouraging community participation. There is mention of traditional eye medicines from Zimbabwe. The manual is available free of charge for those involved in health care in developing countries. Order from:

The Director, Norwegian Church Aid, P O Box 52802, Nairobi, Kenya.

Teaching colour slide sets

Five teaching slide sets have been prepared at the International Centre for Eye Health in London. Each teaching pack consists of 24 colour slides with an accompanying booklet. The sets available are:

Examination of the Eyes The Eye in Primary Health Care
Childhood Blindness
Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Sets on Glaucoma and Trachoma will shortly be available.

To order write to: Dr Murray McGavin, International Centre for Eye Health, Bath Street, London, EC1V 9EL, UK. 

Setting Up Community Health Programmes by Dr Ted Lankester ISBN 0 333 57423 0 paperback

Many of you will have enjoyed Ted’s contributions in Footsteps. He is an active member of the Footsteps committee with many years’ experience in India in particular. This book brings together a great deal of experience and sound advice. The leading article in Footsteps No 12 was based on material from one of the chapters.

The book contains 21 chapters covering the whole spectrum of subjects which may be of relevance in establishing community health programmes: working with the community; raising health awareness; surveys; community health workers; setting up clinics; assessing malnutrition; guidance for establishing immunisation programmes; maternity programmes and family planning programmes; public health; personnel; management of health work; co-operation with Government; aid and funding agencies and hospitals.

We thoroughly recommend this book to anyone involved in community health care. The book has 384 pages. Order from:

TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AX UK. 

Where There Is No Doctor (new edition)

With 2 million copies in print in over 50 languages, Where There Is No Doctor is perhaps the most widely used health care manual in developing countries today. This classic guide has been revised and expanded. Medical advice has been updated and there is much new information on subjects such as AIDS, drug addiction, dangerous pesticides, VIP latrines and many others.

The new issue has 512 pages. At present it is only available in English, though other translations will soon follow. Order from:

The Hesperian Foundation, PO Box 1692, Palo Alto, CA 94302, USA.