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Healthcare Information Where There Is No Internet

e-TALC Health CD-ROMs feature hundreds of up-to-date articles from the BMJ, Lancet, Africa Health and more, along with books, instructional videos and posters.

They are distributed free of charge to help doctors and healthcare workers with no Internet keep up to date with the latest developments.

6 months

Charity information: Health Books International

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  • Need


    Many doctors and healthcare workers in developing countries, particularly in rural settings have little or no Internet connectivity even though they may have a computer.


    By providing a hand-picked selection of the most relevant and important articles and resources on a single CD, anyone with a computer can access a large amount of information relevant to their specialty whether it be clinical, nursing, nutrition or anything else.

    CDs are small and easily posted so thousands can be distributed for a very low cost.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To produce issue 12 of our e-TALC Healthcare Information CDs.


    » Source the most relevant recent material using our network of professional advisors.
    » Obtain permissions to distribute the material.
    » Collate the information and put it on a CD.

    What success will look like

    Production of a master CD.

    Aim 2

    Distribute the CDs to our mailing list of interested healthcare workers.


    » Package and post the CDs.

    What success will look like

    Sending the CDs out.

  • Impact


    The project enables healthcare workers to keep their medical knowledge up to date. It is difficult to quantify the success as the goal is to bring about a general increase in the standard of training of the healthcare workers involved over a number of years.

    The best indicator of success we have are the messages of support we receive from workers in the field.


    Our mailing list of healthcare workers will become less accurate over time as people move around. To combat this we ask people to re-register at regular intervals.


    Funders will receive a copy of the finished CD and a breakdown of the countries we will be sending copies of the CD to.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Admininstration Obtaining permission for resources, and collating relevant content
      £2,000 IT IT time for putting together the CD-ROM.
      £2,000 CD Reproduction Duplication of 5000 CDs and inserts
      £2,000 Postage Cost for distributing the CDs to our mailing list of healthcare workers.
  • Background


    The target areas for the project are rural areas in developing countries where Internet access is either not available or not reliable. However, healthcare workers in any setting where it is difficult to obtain Internet time will also benefit from this.


    The people in the catchment area of healthcare workers receiving the CD-ROM will benefit from a general increase in their standard of care. The healthcare workers themselves will benefit from an increase in their skillset.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TALC have produced 11 e-TALC CD-ROMs to date, distributing over 50000 copies so far. Feedback from users is very positive and indicate a continuing need for these resources.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    William is a paediatrician of over 50 years experience of the kind of healthcare required in developing countries. He heads our e-TALC review team.


    Simon collates all the material identified as being required for the CD-ROM and obtains permissions from the rights holders.


    Mark develops and produces the master CD-ROM.

An e-TALC user

An e-TALC user

(The e-TALC ) CD-ROM has become the useful source of increasing our knowledge; and we have very few sources of updating our knowledge.

Dr Abulla Said, Doctor, Zanzibar, Tanzania