Primary Health Care: Library Manuals


The following relevant books are available for download from this site:

Principles & Practice:
Imagefolder The Principles & Practice of Primary Health Care
A concise overview including: • The common pattern of need • The key principles of PHC • Curative care • Static PHC programmes • Interventions to improve nutrition • Health promotion • Prevention & control of common local diseases • Water, sanitation & waste disposal

folder Caring for People with Physical Disabilities: Best Practice in Person-centred Care
People who need care want to be the centre of their own lives. If you are a carer, this manual suggests ways of looking at your work to see if you are doing it well and in what ways it could be improved.

Health Care Management:
Good Management of people, drugs and money are essential for good Primary Health Care. An excellent manual, folder On Being in Charge, is available from our site, courtesy of WHO.

Management principles are also covered in folder How to Build a Good Small NGO:

  • the Management cycle and Community Involvement are covered in Section A
  • People Management is covered in Section B
  • Financing is covered in Section D

Download folder Teaching for Better Learning if you are planning to teach health care staff.

Also available:

folder Interviewing & Counselling at the Grass Roots

folder How to Run a Workshop

folder Incorporating Gender into your NGO

folder A TBA manual – and How to Adapt it to your local culture

folder The Project Cycle – A Teaching Module

folder Good Health Begins at Home – a Guide for Literacy Tutors

folder Testing and Evaluating Manuals

Community Involvement in Water Management Project (Online case study)

Networklearning manuals – terms of use

Organisations in the South (Africa, Asia, Southern America, ex-USSR) can download copies free of charge.
In return we ask you to help spread the material to other NGOs you know – those with no printer or bad phone connections, for example.
Organisations in the North:
Networklearning has no funding. If you work in an organisation with money and use our materials or see their usefulness for others, please make a contribution
(a minimum 4 euros; we will receive the full amount less 5% transaction costs).

CC Attribution NonCommercialOur manuals are copyright-free for non-commercial use. We are happy for users to re-write, translate or otherwise adapt downloaded material to local cultures. The original authors must be mentioned as well as our website.

We are happy to have other organizations link to our library pages, but in order to prevent out-of-date editions being accessed online, we do not allow publications to be posted on other sites without our explicit permission.

Networklearning makes easy-to-use manuals that can help NGOs build knowledge and skills.

To find the titles you need use the "Library Themes" menu at left.

All documents may be freely downloaded subject to our terms of use (see bottom of page).

Difficulty downloading? Let us know the specific problem and we will advise if we can.

Do you need a manual or information that isn't covered on this site? Let us know and we will try and plug the gap.
> Contact networklearning

Perhaps you have the skills and expertise to help us produce new, quality material? Or perhaps you already have a good, copyright-free book or manual that we could republish or repurpose?
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Other online libraries that offer free, accessible materials for NGOs:
> Hesperian


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