A list of links to useful websites and resources. This page will be periodically updated to add new information. Please let us know if we can improve this list or if any of the links do not work.
E-books | Important organisations | NGOs in Ethiopia
Primary Surgery textbook is a must have for any practitioner in a resource-constrained setting. It is in 2 volumes: Vol.1 Non-Trauma and Vol2. Trauma.
The first volume which deals with non-trauma has been revised and the new edition is available on their website. You can either download the entire textbook (~50MB) or download individual chapters. The second volume is being revised and should be available soon.
Primary Surgery is a textbook on surgery, anesthesiology and trauma that is aimed at surgeons comprising three volumes. It is directed at doctors and medical students without surgical specialty training who have to cope with surgical pathologies and emergencies in a self-reliant way at a district hospital without consultation possibility. With abundant and concise illustration these books offer a practical guidance for general practitioners who practice medicine and surgery with the bare minimum of technical equipment needed. Amongst the extensive content the doctor learns to safely perform standard procedures like the caesarean section, bowel resection and bone fenestration.
Primary Surgery also describes rare clinical pictures from all surgical disciplines and their therapy. Beyond the scope of a basic medical textbook the volumes give comprehensive assistance with the organization of a surgical unit and include instructions regarding the set up and manufacturing of provisional installations and devices amongst others using commonplace items.
The first volume which deals with non-trauma has been revised and the new edition is available on their website. You can either download the entire textbook (~50MB) or download individual chapters.
From the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- The WHO Programme for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) website has a number of useful resources in digital formats that will prove very useful for any IESO working in a resource-constrained environment. Some of these are linked here.
- Surgical Care at the District Hospital - Textbook and Teaching Slides
- Emergency Surgical Care in Disaster Situations - This pdf has the important topics related to disaster situations extracted from the WHO SCDH textbook.
- Emergency and Trauma Care Modules
Critical Care Handbook for Global Surgery
Alba Critical Care Course Design is a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation whose members help to teach surgical critical care skills in resource-constrained settings, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Critical Care Handbook for Global Surgery has been read in over 80 countries and is currently being translated into Spanish and Portugese. Edited by Mr. Fanus Dreyer, a Consultant Surgeon in Scotland and Dr. David Ball, Consultant Anaesthetist in Scotland, this book forms an essential part of the surgical critical care courses run all over the world by AlbaCCCD. You can download the handbook here.
Global Library of Women’s Medicine:
This website has numerous free textbooks and guidelines in a digital format. It aims to be a “free resource for medical professionals dedicated to the enhancement of women’s healthcare.” It also serves as the educational platform for the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.(FIGO)
1000+ OBGYN Project / African Health OER Network
1000+ OBGYN Project and the African Health OER Network have put together a large amount of free educational material that is hosted by the Open Michigan initiative of the University of Michigan. You can download these for free from here. Please be aware that some of these files are very large.
The following sections should be relevant for IESOs. - Global Health - Medical Resources - Material is also available on nursing, dentistry, public health and a variety of other topics.
- Ethiopian Ministry of Health (Twitter, Facebook)
- World Health Organisation - Ethiopia
- WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care