HIV and AIDS: taking action (ROOTS 8)
This new book looks at how the church and Christian development organisations can respond to the challenges brought by HIV and AIDS; reducing their impact, preventing the spread of HIV and addressing HIV and AIDS issues within organisations. The book has 100 pages and costs £10 ($18, €14.50). It is available in English (French, Spanish and Portuguese translations will be available shortly) from:

Tearfund Resources Development, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, WV16 4WQ, UK

Facilitation skills workbook
This book aims to equip people with the skills and confidence to facilitate small group discussions. It is designed as training material for people who are using PILLARS guides in their local communities. Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The book costs £5 ($9 or €7).

Available from Tearfund Resources Development (address above).

A new CD Rom containing all existing eight ROOTS books in pdf format. The CD Rom uses English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The ROOTS books include: Project Cycle Management, Peacebuilding, Fundraising and Child participation. The CD costs £15 ($27 or €22) including airmail postage.

Available from Tearfund Resources Development (address above).

Where There Is No Doctor
This is probably the most important healthcare manual of all time. The full book is now available online and free of charge at the following website:

The website also has a number of other very useful primary healthcare books available, including Disabled Village Children, Helping Health Workers Learn and Where There Is No Dentist.

All the above e-books are available in both English and Spanish.

Micah Challenge

This campaign is mobilising Christians to raise a prophetic and powerful voice with the poor. The global campaign challenges Christians to deepen their engagement with poor people and calls on leaders of rich and poor nations to keep their promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Their website has action plans, news, video and analysis, as well as Christian teaching and prayer resources. You can sign up to a global petition. It also has details about national campaigns in India, Ethiopia, Canada, Zambia, the Andean region and elsewhere.

Useful websites
A good summary of the Millennium Development Goals and task force reports.
Roll Back Malaria – Publications include many helpful information sheets.
A global site encouraging action against poverty.
Information on improving access to clean water and sanitation.
The People’s Health Movement is a growing coalition promoting health and equitable development as top priorities
Viva Network is a global movement of Christians concerned about ‘children at risk’.
United Nations Development Programme with a good Millennium Project site.
Is the new website of the AIDS Alliance where a number of helpful resources can be downloaded free.
The Integrated Regional Information Network provides access to up-to-date information to help organisations understand, respond to and avert emergencies.
ELDIS provides information on a range of development issues and free, easy access to online documents and a directory of websites, databases, library catalogues and email discussion lists.
Teaching materials exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.
Improving access to human rights and civic information.