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Project information

TALC Nursing Books Programme

Can you imagine studying a subject like nursing without any textbooks at all ?

Fund our TALC health books programme to African nursing schools and you would be helping train nurses to help the poor and sick.

May 2011 - May 2012

Charity information: Health Books International

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  • Need


    Student nurses in African colleges rarely have enough textbooks to study from. Often, for an intake of 50 or 100 students, there will be only 3 textbooks available, which generally stay with the tutors. The few textbooks are often out of date and not relevant to the conditions - lack of resources - the students will face when they leave college.


    Under this programme, TALC sends new textbooks out to nurse training colleges, enough for one textbook between two students. This makes a significant difference to the studies of the students, as they are not having to rely on memorising tutors' notes they had to copy down from the blackboard.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Supply enough new, appropriate textbooks for nursing students to have at least one between two.


    » Send out to individual training colleges in African countries a consignment of nursing textbooks, enough for the annual intake of student nurses

    What success will look like

    Success will be recorded in feedback notebooks which are returned to TALC. The students complete these once they have received the books and been able to use them.

  • Impact


    The programme improves the quality of training of the student nurses in the colleges we supply. Students' motivation also improves, as they feel better supported in undertaking their studies. This should contribute to better health provision for the communities where the students go to work. TALC will monitor some of the students' progress through contact with the college authorities and their follow-up of the students in placement after they leave college.


    We have faced problems with getting the books to their final destination, owing to problems with war situations, bureaucratic hold-ups, etc. We have continued close monitoring by using local contacts wherever we work, through email, phone and tracking the consignments through our courier and shipping agencies.


    We report, at the periods stipulated by our funders, by email, explaining the progress of the project. Funders receive a final narrative and financial report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,650

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,954 Purchase of textbooks Purchase of 832 textbooks in 13 schools in Uganda, Nigeria & Cameroon
      £1,775 Reference books Purchase of 65 books (5 per school) selected by tutors and other related material
      £2,902 Shipping Shipping to Uganda, Nigeria & Cameroon and in-country delivery costs
      £3,769 Admin Administration support and back-up
      £1,250 Contingency Contingency
  • Background


    In Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda, health performance is ranked by the WHO 172nd, 175th and 179th respectively, out of 191 countries. The global health worker crisis is at its worst in sub-Saharan Africa. Across this region, not only is there a shortage of nurses and physicians, but training resources in schools and hospitals are also minimal, affecting the quality of healthcare provision. This is an issue in particular for nurses, who often bear the greatest burden, especially in rural areas.


    The direct beneficiaries of the project will be nursing students in 13 schools in Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon, who will receive textbooks, reference books and other educational material. In the longer term this will benefit also their communities in at least 5 different regions in Africa, where the quality of medical care available will have been improved thanks to more confident and better trained nurses.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TALC has been supplying textbooks to nursing schools and colleges for over five years. Thanks to this work 40 schools in 8 African countries have already been helped, with over 4000 nurses having been given access to teaching materials in the past three years alone. Nevertheless, over 50 schools are still awaiting textbooks.
    TALC has established contacts in the areas where books are required, who act as liaisons between TALC and the schools and nursing hospitals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Anselm Akume Ewang

    Dr. Ewang, Maflekumen nurse training institute in Cameroon, is one of the partner Directors of nursing schools to be supplied with textbooks.

    Contact Person In Nigeria, Uganda And Cameroon

    TALC has contacts in each country who will deal with reception, storage, etc., of the textbooks.

Students in Tanzania with TALC textbooks

Students in Tanzania with TALC textbooks

The books TALC sent are of most importance for Community Health workers. I...beg to receive more copies which could be used by every batch of students

Student nurse at Jalimo Health Workers Training School, Ethiopia, Oct. 2008