Health Books International [formerly Teaching-Aids at Low Cost (TALC)]

c/o Practical Action Publishing
27a Albert Street
CV21 2SG

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+44 (0)1926 634501

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Healthworkers in low income countries do not always have access to up-to-date health and medical information to help them diagnose and treat their patients. HBI offers a practical, highly-effective response to a lack of access to information by sourcing, producing and distributing practical and accessible health information designed for use where resources are limited. Materials are clearly written, well-illustrated and relevant to the conditions in which many health workers operate – with limited access to electricity and reliable internet connections, sophisticated equipment or drugs for treatment. Health Books International’s vision is a world where everyone has access to good quality healthcare with a mission to improve health by providing healthcare and medical information designed for use in developing countries on a not-for-profit basis.

Originally called Teaching-aids at Low Cost (TALC), HBI was founded in 1965 by Professor David Morley CBE MD FCRP, in response to requests from overseas students for teaching books and equipment to use in their own countries.

In 2019, Practical Action Publishing acquired Health Books International.