MCAI Maternal & Child Hospital Health Care Books available for sale, as free PDFs, and as free HTML versions

MCAI is delighted to announce that our textbook (Maternal & Child Health Care: a practical manual for hospitals worldwide) and related pocketbook (Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Maternal Emergencies including Major Trauma and Neonatal Resuscitation) are now available to access free of charge from our website  as PDFs and HTML versions. For those with possibly slow speed internet, MCAI has developed a portal where the PDFs and HTML versions can be easily accessed, downloaded or read, whatever the internet speed:

On our main website, there is also the option to purchase hard copies of both books for those who can afford to do so. MCAI is committed to health information for all and we hope that you find the contents of both books, in all of the available formats, helpful in your work.

Here is more information:

Written and reviewed by over 100 experts from around the world, including several HIFA members, the textbook is written specifically for health workers treating pregnant women and adolescents, their newborn infants, and children admitted to hospitals in countries all over the world. Based on the latest evidence, including Cochrane Reviews and WHO Guidelines, the textbook identifies an internationally applicable, minimum standard of care in poorly-resourced hospitals and reflects the management of problems often inherent in resource-limited countries.

The pocketbook is a summarised version of the maternal and neonatal resuscitation sections of the textbook. It compliments the reference textbook but is also a stand-alone product.

Although intended to be most helpful to health workers working in low-income settings, the textbook and pocketbook contain up to date evidence based material of value world-wide.

In order to maximise access to the contents of both books, MCAI has made available on our websites and (for those with low internet speeds) PDFs of the different component sections of the whole textbook up to around 1 MB in size. Larger sections of the textbook and the whole of the pocketbook can also be downloaded as PDFs for those who have reasonable internet download speeds.

Following a suggestion from a HIFA member, MCAI is also making HTML versions of the textbook sections available to help improve access to those with poor quality internet, where download speeds may make downloading PDFs prohibitively slow.  Several sections of the textbook are already available as HTML and MCAI is working hard to have all sections available in this format within the next week or so.

MCAI is also selling the textbook and pocketbook on our website for those who can afford to buy them. The proceeds from any sales will enable MCAI to print more hard copies of both books to be provided free of charge to health workers based in frontline public hospitals in low-income or conflict-affected countries, in which hard copies of the book are a much needed and valued resource.  To date, MCAI has provided and distributed free-of-charge 2569 textbooks and 246 Pocketbooks to health workers in 33 low-income or conflict-affected countries.  The sale of 1 textbook enables MCAI to print and distribute (including packaging and shipping costs) up to 4 copies of the textbook to health workers in such settings.

If you think that you and your colleagues qualify to receive free copies of the textbook and / or the pocket books, please contact MCAI through <>  or through <> or email one of us directly and we will send you a criteria form to complete.

We hope you find the contents of both books in all their formats helpful and please widely distribute through your networks.

Professor David Southall OBE, MD, FRCPCH and Dr Rhona MacDonald MBChB, MRCGP, MPH, DCH, DRCOG Honorary Medical and Executive Directors.  MCAI, 1 Columba Court,

Laide IV22 2NL, UK

Telephone: 0044 (0) 7710 674003 and  

Registered as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) No. SC043467

HIFA profile: David Southall is a retired Professor of Paediatrics and Honorary Medical Director of Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI)    He is also on the board of the International Child Health Group email: director AT


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