Project information

TALC Health Publishing

Good quality medical information is often the difference between life and death.

TALC would like to set up a permanent resource, a Health Publishing Centre where vital training manuals and reference guides can be published at low cost and distributed to where they are needed most.


Charity information

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  • Need


    Health clinics in the poorest parts of the world often have no access to the internet or any modern resources. They desperately need access to good quality healthcare information to help save the lives of their patients.

    Many talented people working in these situations have written specialist reference books and training manuals that could help others, but are unable to get them published because of the cost.

    In addition, much needed textbooks are now out of print because of the cost.


    Our specialist Health Publishing Centre will be able to produce and print training manuals and reference books in both small and large quantities, offering a way for authors with badly needed information to get their books into print.

    We will also be able to reprint important textbooks that are no longer available because the original publishers will not print fewer than several thousand copies in one go.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up a Health Publishing Centre with the right equipment, software and specially trained staff.


    » Re-train existing staff or hire new specialists to run the Health Publishing Centre
    » Purchase appropriate computers, software and other equipment required to publish books to a professional standard.

    Having a facility that is able to handle publication of books and manuals in a timely, efficient and professional manner.

    Aim 2

    Make our new facilities available to health workers with books and manuals to publish.


    » Contact the many authors who have already approached us, and pass word to our many partner organisations and contacts.

    Starting to publish books and manuals that are sent to us and making them available to those who need them.

    Aim 3

    Reprint out-of-publication textbooks for which there is still a demand.


    » Identify books for which there is still a need. Contact publishers with a view to acquiring rights to reprint.

    Reprinting textbooks and making them available to those who need them.

  • Impact


    The publication of these books and manuals will give many health workers access to information that they cannot get anywhere else.

    The number of books published and distributed at low cost will be the indicator of the project's success, as will it's ability to move to a self sustaining model of funding to make it a permanent resource.


    The greatest risk is publishing books for which there is no demand. To mitigate this risk we would require authors to provide us with their assessment of the need for the book and contact our partner organisations to assess their views on the book and its likely demand. We would also aim to keep costs as low as possible so that if only a few books are sold, our costs would still be covered.


    We will give regular reports of the number and nature of books in the process of being published and the success of the completed books.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Computers Hi-spec units capable of professional design work
      £5,000 Software/Hardware Professional design software and hardware such as print quality printers
      £60,000 Staff costs Staffing and training costs for 3 years
      £20,000 Publishing budget Up front printing costs and rights acquisition
      £5,000 Contingency To cover unexpected costs
  • Background


    Health centres in the developing world are often under-equipped, understaffed and under-resourced. Their access to textbooks and information is generally extremely limited and often very out of date.


    All those in the catchment area of health centres receiving our books will benefit from an increased standard of healthcare. Doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals will benefit from increasing their knowledge and skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TALC have a history of publishing and distributing resources over a period of over 40 years. Recently we have produced the Portuguese translation of Where There Is No Doctor, distributing over 4000 copies to countries in Africa. We are currently producing other books, but need further resources to increase our capacity to meet demand.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Lois is our project manager and is responsible for communications with authors, as well as producing artwork for our publications.


    Alison edits and prepares the books for publication. She has worked on a number of projects and has a tremendous eye for detail.


    Mark is the technical advisor for our publications, ensuring the computers and software we use are all running smoothly.