TASO (The AIDS Support Organisation)

Strategies for Hope and TASO have produced a new book and film, both called United Against AIDS: the Story of TASO. In these, TASO clients describe how the organisation has empowered them to ‘live positively with HIV’. The book and film both address challenges such as the high levels of HIV prevalence in the north of Uganda following two decades of conflict, and HIV prevention within marriages and other long-term relationships.

The book costs £2.80 and the DVD costs £16. To order, please contact: TALC PO Box 49 St Albans AL1 5TX UK Email: Website:

Health care resources from Hesperian

Hesperian is a non-profit publisher of books and other educational materials that help people take the lead in their own health care. Simply written and fully illustrated, the books contain lifesaving information about diagnosing and treating a broad range of health problems. Hesperian works with health workers, grassroots groups, and community organisations around the world to ensure that these resources are practical, accessible, and appropriate across different conditions and cultures. Some of the useful books available include:

  • Where There Is No Doctor
  • Setting Up Community Health Programmes
  • HIV Health and Your Community
  • Where There Is No Dentist
  • A Book for Midwives
  • Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
  • Water for Life: Community water security

Many of these have been translated into local languages – for more details, see the website. All these resources can be downloaded for free, or ordered from the website:

or write to: The Hesperian Foundation, 1919 Addison St, Suite 304, Berkeley, California 94704, USA

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Up-to-date and country-specific health information, advice and resources on many health topics can be found on the WHO website:
For advice on child health topics see:


Tearfund’s PILLARS Guides are aimed at local level community groups and encourage discussion-based learning to help people implement change in their communities. The PILLARS Guide about Encouraging good hygiene and sanitation provides practical ideas for encouraging hand washing, safe drinking water supplies and latrine design. Credit and loans for small businesses encourages good practice in record keeping, planning, and maintaining savings and credit groups. Improving food security provides practical information about pest control, grain banks and new techniques for food preservation and storage.

These and other Tearfund publications can be ordered from: Tearfund Resources Development, 100 Church Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8QE, UK Email: