Book donation scheme

One of the most successful projects supported by OAF has been the Anaesthesia book donation scheme. Up-to-date books are very expensive and many anaesthetists in low-income countries do not own their own textbook.

The book donation scheme identifies books that are relevant to anaesthetists in low-income settings. Prices are negotiated for bulk purchase with the publishers, and the authors do not receive any royalties. Since OAF was established in 2006, the AAGBI has sourced and purchased over 19,000 books for donation to anaesthetists in more than 27 countries. Books are distributed by the AAGBI via Teaching Aids at Low Cost (

In 2010 the AAGBI, WFSA and OAA commissioned a textbook ‘Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries’ edited by Paul Clyburn, Rachel Collis and Sarah Harries and published by OUP.

Books and educational material sourced by the AAGBI include:

  • Obstetric Anaesthesia for developing countries Ed Clyburn, Collis, Harries
  • Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 3rd Edition Ed Allman, Wilson
  • Understanding Paediatric Anaesthesia Ed Jacob
  • Anaesthesia Resources CD-ROM vol 2 and 3
  • Care of the Critically Ill in the Tropics Ed Watters, Lever, Bagshore, Wilson
  • Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Scarth, Smith

If you are travelling to a low-income country to work or teach, please contact the Chair of the IRC (via to obtain copies of books that the AAGBI has purchased and that are available for local distribution.