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International Maternal & Child Healthcare textbook

Healthcare textbook written to help health workers treating pregnant women and girls, their newborn infants, and all children (including adolescents) admitted to hospitals in countries all over the world. Particularly aimed at poorly resourced countries to improve standard of care in all hospitals


Charity information: Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International

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  • Need


    In many countries up to date resources are limited and borders and infrastructures are insecure. Staff can find it particularly difficult to work in rural areas. Dedicated doctors, nurses and midwives in these settings find their work hard and often over-whelming.

    Access to up-to-date evidence based guidelines in the settings described here is extremely difficult. The internet is too slow, printing from computers is too expensive, and in our experience, books remain essential.


    Following requests from the health workers in low resource settings, the aim of the editors and our authors is to provide this textbook free of charge to as many as possible of those health workers on the front-line in the most disadvantaged hospitals in the world which are open to all women and children irrespective of their or family’s ability to pay.

    The book has been written and peer-reviewed by over 100 experts from around the world. They have freely given their time and expertise.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide the textbook free to as many health workers as possible in the most disadvantaged hospitals


    » The textbook has been written we are now in the process of preparing to print and distribute.

    What success will look like

    Provided with the textbook is a tool kit for the health workers to use and monitor their progress. We also recommend a dedicated coordinator for monitoring in the hospital.

  • Impact


    The textbook is based on the latest evidence and guidelines available, including Cochrane reviews and WHO guidelines and attempts to build on existing efforts and seeks further to identify an internationally applicable minimum standard of healthcare in these poorly resourced hospitals.

    The textbook provides a monitoring and evaluation tool kit, which will be collated and used to develop staff and hospital procedures, resulting in improved healthcare for patients.


    There is a risk that the health workers will not complete the monitoring & evaluation forms. We have dealt with this by encouraging the hospitals to have a textbook coordinator to help the health workers complete their forms and to collate the information for further use.


    Funders of this project will receive a bi-monthly email report on the status of the project, and any necessary changes that we have made to the project plans. We will also have a dedicated page on our website to this project, which will be updated on a regular basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £75,000 Printing Textbook To print 10,000 textbooks for use in poorly resourced hospitals worldwide.
  • Background


    Worldwide - It is especially aimed at those working in countries where material and human resources are limited, where borders and infrastructures are insecure, and in rural areas where staff find it particularly difficult to work.


    Dedicated doctors, nurses and midwives in poorly resourced hospitals will benefit as they will be provided with a resource that will give them the skills to improve healthcare standards. Consequently patients will benefit from improved standards including pregnant women and girls, their newborn infants, and all children (including adolescents) irrespective of their or family’s ability to pay.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MCAI ​have been saving lives of seriously ill pregnant women, children and babies since 1995. We have been developing and distributing when ever possible free, up-to-date and evidence-based medical teaching materials as the core of our whole systems approach.

    Together with ALSG (Advanced Life Support Group) we have produced a number of medical educational materials for our projects to improve maternal and child health.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Professor David Southall - Honorary Medical Director & Trustee MCAI

    Author, co-ordinator and the driving force behind the textbook.