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CLOSE THIS BOOKWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
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VIEW THE DOCUMENTTEACHING AIDS AT LOW COST
VIEW THE DOCUMENTINTRODUCTION
VIEW THE DOCUMENTNOTE ABOUT THIS NEW EDITION
WORDS TO THE VILLAGE HEALTH WORKER (Brown Pages)
Chapter 1 - HOME CURES AND POPULAR BELIEFS
Chapter 2 - SICKNESSES THAT ARE OFTEN CONFUSED
Chapter 3 - HOW TO EXAMINE A SICK PERSON
Chapter 4 - HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A SICK PERSON
Chapter 5 - HEALING WITHOUT MEDICINES
Chapter 6 - RIGHT AND WRONG USES OF MODERN MEDICINES
Chapter 7 - ANTIBIOTICS: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO USE THEM
Chapter 8 - HOW TO MEASURE AND GIVE MEDICINE
Chapter 9 - INSTRUCTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR INJECTIONS
Chapter 10 - FIRST AID
Chapter 11 - NUTRITION: WHAT TO EAT TO BE HEALTHY
Chapter 12 - PREVENTION: HOW TO AVOID MANY SICKNESSES
Chapter 13 - SOME VERY COMMON SICKNESSES
Chapter 14 - SERIOUS ILLNESSES THAT NEED SPECIAL MEDICAL ATTENTION
Chapter 15 - SKIN PROBLEMS
Chapter 16 - THE EYES
Chapter 17 - THE TEETH, GUMS, AND MOUTH
Chapter 18 - THE URINARY SYSTEM AND THE GENITALS
Chapter 19 - INFORMATION FOR MOTHERS AND MIDWIVES
Chapter 20 - FAMILY PLANNING - HAVING THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN YOU WANT
Chapter 21 - HEALTH AND SICKNESSES OF CHILDREN
Chapter 22 - HEALTH AND SICKNESSES OF OLDER PEOPLE
Chapter 23 - THE MEDICINE KIT
THE GREEN PAGES - The Uses, Dosage, and Precautions for the Medicines Referred to in This Book
THE BLUE PAGES - New Information
VIEW THE DOCUMENTVOCABULARY - Explaining Difficult Words
VIEW THE DOCUMENTADDRESSES FOR TEACHING MATERIALS
VIEW THE DOCUMENTDosage Blanks - For Giving Medicines to Those Who Cannot Read
VIEW THE DOCUMENTPatient Report
VIEW THE DOCUMENTInformation on Vital Signs
VIEW THE DOCUMENTABBREVIATIONS - WEIGHT - VOLUME
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TEACHING AIDS AT LOW COST

TALC (Teaching-aids At Low Cost) is a non-profit organisation which distributes low cost health books, slides and teaching equipment to developing and needy countries.

Many hospitals, health centres and clinics in these countries are desperately short of books and teaching materials and help provided by TALC can enable doctors and health workers to make the right diagnosis and provide the right treatment, resulting in the saving of life and the alleviation of an enormous amount of pain and suffering.

Material provided by TALC, as well as covering most aspects of primary health care, also covers surgery, anaesthetics, nutrition and other topics at district hospital level.

Among the most popular books are, Clinical Tuberculosis, the Strategies for Hope series and the Child-to-Child Readers.

TALC is also in the forefront of the battle against AIDS and fulfils a big demand for books and slides on this subject.

On the equipment side TALC is interested in low cost methods of weighing and measuring, children such as the Direct Recording Scale which involves mothers in plotting the charts of their own children, and enables them to understand, even if illiterate, the meaning of a growth curve.

On the teaching side, flannelgraphs, which consist of pictures printed onto material with a rough surface have proved very popular.

The idea of forming TALC came to child care specialist Professor David Morley when he was lecturing in 1966 at London University and was asked by overseas students for slides which they wanted to take back to their own countries to use for lectures.

He started making sets of slides with a duplicate commentary to accompany each set and quickly discovered that there was more demand than he could cope with, so he got people living near his home to help and as demand continued to grow TALC became an official charity and branched out into books and teaching aids.

Since it started TALC has distributed 5½ million slides, probably more than any other organisation. Today it employs over 20 full and part time staff and supplies over 80,000 books and booklets, 10,000 slide sets and a large amount of teaching equipment every year.

Packing and distribution of slides and books has taken place largely from the homes of TALC workers in St Albans, thus reducing overhead costs and allowing the provision of teaching material at a fraction of similar commercial organisations.

TALC is advised by staff in the Centre for International Child Health in the Institute of Child Health, London University. It also works closely with Appropriate Health Resources Technology Action Group (AHRTAG) and the Child-to-Child programme and is a source for publications sold by both these groups.

Those interested in further details should write for a free list of books and other material available to:

TALC
PO Box 49,
St Albans,
Herts, AL1 4AX,
United Kingdom.

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