Nursing professors and students from Brigham Young University donated several thousand dollars worth of medical texts to help Nigeria with its medical teaching efforts.
The project was coordinated by Sandra Rogers, assistant dean of the College of Nursing."I learned that Nigeria has no indigenous publishing industry and is at the mercy of escalating prices," she explained. "Books are becoming impossible to afford there, and I thought BYU could help."
After receiving approval from June Leifson, dean of the College of Nursing, and making contact with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, she solicited books from personal collections among the faculty and students. They filled 26 boxes.
Rogers screened each book, and except for basic texts on anatomy, physiology and history, did not accept books older than seven years.
"Because I knew boxes could get lost, I tried to put a good variety in each one so every shipment would have maximum value," said Rogers. "Books included information on such topics as obstetrics, pediatrics, pharmacology, lab analysis, public health care, nutrition and acute care."
A major challenge to the nurses was the nearly prohibitive cost of shipping, but they were able to send the books with help from the Humanitarian Services Committee of the LDS Church and a philanthropic organization called AfriCare. Students volunteered the work of sorting, labeling, boxing and wrapping.
"We tracked the progress of the books, and most of them have just arrived at their destination. It took about a year, which I understand is typical," said Rogers.
She received a letter from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital which said, in part, "The news of the shipment of books to our school of nursing is very welcome. . . We assure you they will be maximally utilized for the continued promotion of knowledge among our students, staff and the population we serve."