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ACS Donated ATLS Educational Materials for Humanitarian Outreach
Through a joint collaboration of ATLS and Operation Giving Back, recently discontinued editions of the ATLS® for Doctors Student Manual, English 8th Edition and Spanish language 7th Edition, and the current edition of the TEAM (Trauma Evaluation And Management) Student Manual, 3rd Edition, in English and Spanish, as well as the TEAM DVD are available to those involved in humanitarian surgical outreach activities for the cost of shipping. To request materials, please complete and submit the request form to OGB.


Distributors of Free or Low-cost Medical Texts


Global HELP (Health Education Lost-cost Publications)
The Global-HELP Organization provides free and low-cost medical education materials to developing countries. Publications and YouTube videos are available on various specialties including orthopaedics, pediatrics, plastic surgery, and rehabilitation. All publications are in downloadable PDF format and some publications are also printed and available at cost when used in developing countries and affordably priced for use elsewhere in the world. Books, posters, and CDs are also available for use in developing countries for only the cost of mailing. 

Other Redistributors of Donated Medical Texts

The following agencies accept medical texts for donation to appropriate communities in need. Please contact them prior to shipping any materials to be sure that your donation can be utilized.


Please note that the following are provided as a courtesy to those with an interest in humanitarian outreach.  The American College of Surgeons is not affiliated with these organizations, and not responsible for the content of their websites. 


Asia Foundation's Books for Asia
The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program has been providing books, software, and other educational materials throughout Asia for almost half a century.

Contact Information:

Gavin Tritt, Director

The Asia Foundation

465 California Street, 9th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104
(510) 667-6476


Better World Books

(Umbrella organization for Books for Africa)

Better World Books capitalizes on the value of the book to fund and support literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world.

For information on campus drop box locations and to ship books, please contact your Regional Director:



55740 Currant Rd

Mishawaka, IN 46545

Book Aid International
(London based)

Book Aid International promotes literacy in developing countries by creating reading and learning opportunities for disadvantaged people, in order to help them realize their potential and eradicate poverty.


Contact Information:

39-41 Coldharbour Lane


London SE5 9NR

44 (0) 20 7733 3577


US branch:

Ranfurly Library Services of New York/ Book Aid International

34 Sheldon Drive

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

(914) 473-1652


Books For Africa
Books For Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa.



715 East Minnehaha Ave

St. Paul, MN 55106

(651) 602-9844


Bridge to Asia (BTA)
BTA promotes equal access to knowledge--it supplies books, journals, databases and other educational materials that are essential to teaching and research but too costly for most developing countries to afford.


Contact Information:
Jeff Smith, Ed. D., President

(415) 678-2990


Foreign Trade Services

Pier 23, Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94111




Follett Higher Education Group

2211 West Street

River Grove, IL 60171

Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) – International Education Program
BBF promotes international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural and other resources.


Contact Information:

Carol Taylor, Coordinator

1200 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2341
(412) 237-2333

Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS)

GHETS invests in the doctors, nurses and allied health workers on the front lines of efforts to improve the health of the underserved communities.


Contact Information:

Julia Dettinger, Development and Program Officer

(508) 226-5091 ext. 15

8 North Main Steet, Suite 403

Attleboro, MA 02703


SABRE Foundation
The Sabre Foundation makes millions of dollars’ worth of donated books available to needy individuals in developing and transitional societies worldwide through non-governmental partner organizations, libraries, universities, schools, research organizations and other similar institutions.


Contact Information:

Colin McCullough, Book Donation Program Manager
872 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 2-1
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3510



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