Three ‘TALC Babies’, St. Albans, England, 1992
These paper ‘babies’ were made by the charity Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC). They were used to make simple models to illustrate the positions of the baby and its mother’s pelvis during childbirth. They were for use in the developing world and are deliberately ‘low tech’. The instructions are printed in three languages: French, English and Portuguese. Health workers use the ‘babies’ when visiting local communities. They may also weigh and measure babies and small children during these visits to look for malnourishment and disease. Professor David Morley founded TALC in 1965. It was a response to overseas students requesting teaching materials they could use back in their own countries.
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