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Where Women Have No Doctor

This book is suitable for any woman who wants to improve her health. It is also useful for health workers who want more information about the problems that affect only women or that affect women differently from men. There is a section on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, which has been used as the basis for the Safe pregnancy and birth app described opposite. It costs £7.50 when ordered from TALC (see details below).

TALC baby

Available on four sides of A4 paper. Stick it onto cardboard and cut it out to give a two-dimensional model with which to illustrate the importance of the position of the baby’s head during birth. Download the instructions in PDF format (English) from or order a free paper version which is available in the following languages: English, Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish. A single master copy of the instructions will be sent to you from which you can make your own extra copies. There is an additional set of sheets that teach on cutting the cord. 

Guardians of Our Children’s Health toolkit  

This toolkit teaches how the man’s responsibility in the family home applies to caring for his family’s health and building partnership with his spouse in the area of antenatal care and childcare. The focus is on the prevention of parent-to-child transmission of HIV.

The toolkit includes material for facilitators and pictures and props to use in training sessions. It is now in the process of revision ahead of the production of a second edition. If you would like to apply for a copy of the revised version, or if you are interested in finding out more, please email or write to ‘HIV unit’ at the Tearfund address - Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK

Medical Aid films:

Understanding Your Body

The DVD contains two nine-minute training films aimed at frontline health workers, nurses, young adults and teenagers. The first is on how babies are made and teaches the basics of male and female reproductive biology. It details the menstrual cycle and how keeping track of a woman’s period allows her to estimate her most fertile days, which can help as a method of planning a pregnancy. The second film is on how to plan a pregnancy and teaches the various methods of contraception available and how these can be used in helping to plan a pregnancy as well as in protecting against sexually transmitted infections.

Safe Delivery and a Healthy Newborn

The DVD contains eight 5–15 minute training films. The first is on warning signs in pregnancy, the second and third on steps to a clean delivery using a new clean razor blade and a clean knife, the fourth is on caring for a newborn in the first hours after delivery and the fifth is on management of bleeding after the birth, known as postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), in a village setting where there is a hospital or health centre within four hours for referral. The sixth is on management of PPH in a setting with no resources that is more than four hours from a hospital or health centre. The steps shown are to save a mother’s life when there is no other option. This film must be used responsibly. It is intended for local midwives, nurses, junior doctors and birth assistants under skilled supervision only. The seventh and eighth films are on how to care for a newborn. 

The films are aimed at community health workers who will then pass on the information to those they care for.  They are available in English, French and Swahili. They are free, but postage must be paid. 

Where Women Have No Doctor, the TALC baby and the Medical Aid films can all be ordered from:
TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5TX, UK

Websites for health professionals  
Low cost equipment 
Global Library of Women’s Medicine – Safer Motherhood
Click on ‘Technical Resources’ at the bottom of the page