Compassionate Community Work
by Dave Andrews

This is an easy-to-use introductory course book on Christian community development work. It is designed for training community workers, church leaders, teachers and students, and can be used as a group resource or for self-study. It is practical and full of useful tasks and exercises. It costs £14.99 (US $24.99)

For more information contact:

Where Women Have No Doctor: a health guide for women
by A August Burns, Ronnie Lovich, Jane Maxwell and Katharine Shapiro. Edited by Sandy Niemann

This is a very useful healthcare manual designed for women in areas where healthcare is unavailable or unaffordable. It provides practical, easily understood information on a wide range of issues that affect women’s health, and how to identify and treat common medical problems.

It is available on-line to read or download from the website

Hard copies can also be ordered from the website, and cost US $22 plus postage

Nursing and Midwifery: A Practical Approach
by Sally Huband, Pam Hamilton-Brown, Gillian Barber

This book provides realistic, practical guidance for nurses and midwives in resource-poor settings. It is well illustrated and includes points for health promotion and activities. It covers principles of nursing, patient care, reproductive and sexual health, maternity care and care of children. This book costs £4.95 and is available from:

TALC PO Box 49 St Albans AL1 5TX UK
mail: Website: 

AIDS and You
Dr Patrick Dixon

This useful resource provides clear and practical information about HIV and AIDS.
It is available free and in several languages from the website: 

New KiSwahili website –

This is a really useful website focusing on agriculture and food security. It contains all kinds of practical information and useful links to the publications of a number of organisations in English. It also contains many useful publications translated into KiSwahili. This includes four PILLARS guides – translated by Arthur Mbumbuka and all available to download free of charge:

  • Kilimo mseto: mwongozo was nguzo (Agroforestry)
  • Kula kwa afya (Healthy eating)
  • Kujenga uwezo wa vikundi vya wenyeji (Building the capacity of local groups)
  • Mikopa kwa biashara ndogo ndogo (Credit and loans)

Another PILLARS guide on HIV and AIDS is available from Transworld Radio, Nairobi (email

Useful websites
EngenderHealth has developed web-based and CD Rom self-instructional courses for healthcare providers, supervisors, students, and trainers around the world – particularly for those in low-resource settings. Course topics include sexuality and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections and reproductive health. They contain interactive exercises and quizzes, case studies, as well as educational materials that can be printed for use in healthcare programmes.
The Action for West Africa Region Reproductive Health and Child Survival Project (AWARE-RH) aims to improve reproductive and maternal and child health services across 18 countries in West Africa.
The ACQUIRE Project (Access, Quality, and Use in Reproductive Health) works globally to advance and support the availability, quality and use of reproductive health and family planning services and to strengthen links between health facilities and communities.
The Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service (CARIS) aims to develop the capacity of churches and Christian organisations to respond to HIV and AIDS. This website provides a platform to network and share information, advice, news and articles.
This useful website provides ideas, advice and radio scripts on topics relating to the Millennium Development Goals such as gender equality and reducing the spread of HIV.