The libraries and other organisations we work with have wide-ranging needs for their books.
Some use them in schools and child education. Others use them to help equip the local community with practical farming and other skills that enable them to survive, build their own businesses and prosper. And some use them to help support vocational learning that benefits the entire community.
That’s the case with Mpilo Library in Zimbabwe, for example. The midwives you see here are researching a number of topics assigned to them by their tutors for presentations they were due to make the following day.
Thanks to the library’s existing materials, and donated books from Book Aid International, they were able to research their subjects, including neonatal conditions, cancer of the uterus and obstetrics, and make their presentations with a 100% pass rate. In fact, the average grade for these students was a fantastic 84%.
Of course, it’s great news that these young midwives are so dedicated and are progressing well in their studies. But what’s even more important is what this represents for the community as a whole, and for the future of maternity services in the region. It’s vital that they and other healthcare professionals are equipped with knowledge like this, however scarce their resources, in order to uphold standards, provide vital care and stay up to date with the latest procedures and thinking.
Thombizodwa Sibanda, a librarian at Mpilo Library, told us:
“As a librarian, nothing gives more joy then being able to provide your users with the information they need. Thank you for allowing me to be a better librarian. Our collection is not extensive but with the help of Book Aid International, we have achieved amazing results.”