In Africa, there is a huge demand for medical and health books to provide information which health workers need. As one nurse put it:
“I have been working for more than twenty years as a public health nurse, routinely educating mothers on prevailing health problems. I’m still using the same knowledge to educate mothers on how to feed their babies. I feel like I’m not knowledgeable enough to give my clients updates, especially in this time of AIDS.”
To address the information gap, Book Aid International is implementing an innovative three-year project designed to improve access to health information by establishing health sections in 15 public libraries located near to hospitals or medical colleges, in collaboration with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS). Funded by the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programme, health workers, ranging from hospital doctors to traditional healers, can now access new, up to date books and information to improve the care and advice they give.