Practical Books For Hospitals Worldwide

Pioneering new project
  • These in-depth practical books have been written and peer reviewed by over 100 experts from around the world, all with experience in hospital settings where there are poor resources.  They have freely given their time and expertise. They are provided free of charge to frontline health workers in public hospitals in low income countries.  To date (June 2016) 6547 books have been provided free of charge.  




Pocket Book of Hospital Care For Maternal Emergencies


Including Trauma & Neonatal Resuscitation

International Maternal and Child Health Care -

A practical manual for hospitals worldwide


An in-depth practical textbook for health workers in low resource settings.


Pocket Book of Hospital Care For Neonates & Infants


Summary of the emergency components of hospital care for newborn and older infants from our 900 page textbook

The more books we sell, the more can be distributed free of charge to poorly resourced countries. 
Buy a copy today and help educate doctors, midwives, and health workers by providing free access to this in-depth practical textbook.

If you would like to distribute these books outside the UK or at a discounted rate, please complete the book request form.

The internet is too slow, printing from computers is too expensive, so books remain a valuable resource. 

These in-depth practical books are written for health workers treating pregnant women and girls, their newborn infants, and all children (including adolescents) admitted to hospitals in countries all over the world.


They are 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 these settings are already providing life-saving healthcare, but inevitably find their work hard and often over-whelming.  Access to up-to-date evidence based guidelines in the settings described here is extremely difficult.

Pictured above is Yamah Miller, midwife at Phebe Hospital, Liberia, being given a book by Augustine Laveleh from ACDI Voca

Pictured here is Mrs Saya, Head of Midwifery Traning School, Zambia.

Following requests from the health workers in low resource settings, the aim of the editors and our authors is to provide these indepth practical books at the lowest possible cost (depending on salary levels) 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.


This 918 page reference manual covers all aspects of hospital care for pregnant women and girls, newborn infants and children and addresses the full range of possible illnesses and injuries and includes complications of pregnancy and delivery.


This 317 page A6 obstetric pocket book, weighing just 250 grams and easily carried in your pocket, is designed to provide immediate answers for the management of maternal emergencies on the maternity, labour and delivery wards.


The 277 page A6 neonatal and infant pocket book is a summary of the emergency components of hospital care for newborn and older infants from our 900 page textbook. 


Easily fitting in your pocket, the pocketbooks are designed to be immediately accessible when managing emergencies.  The reader is referred to the main textbook when more details on the medical problem under consideration are required.


The data in these books are based on the latest evidence and guidelines available, including Cochrane reviews and WHO guidelines. These books build on existing efforts and seek to further identify an internationally applicable minimum standard of healthcare to guide the management of problems inherent in low-resource, disadvantaged hospitals.  They suggest global minimum standards, both in the treatments given, but also in the medical ethics which should be practised in caring for these particularly vulnerable patients.

The vision of our authors and editors relates to the provision of books providing useful reference for all health workers in all settings to help them provide the best clinical management for their patients in addition to highlighting basic minimum standard of care in all hospitals. 

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