One of the most gratifying parts of our work is getting letters from our book users around the world. Here’s a letter we recently received from South Africa:
Greetings from Eastern Cape in South Africa,
I would like to thank you for the wonderful books that have served me and my colleagues so well over the past 10 years.
I was first introduced to the books via TALC and have been using them extensively ever since in the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and home caregivers–all working at a grass root level in very poorly resourced communities.
Your books are so easy to read, user friendly and exciting that our people–many of whom have minimal literacy– devour them to an extent that they never do other available resources. The biggest problem is that, due to limited resources we can only afford a few copies and they tend to “disappear” even with strict controls. My wish would be for each of the really committed learners to have copies for their very own. However this will be a long time in coming as there are so many pressing needs.
I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up new and challenging vistas for our CHWs and for inspiring us as community workers to use more and more innovative methods. The sections on teaching aids have also been invaluable. Perhaps if you could produce simple step-by-step instructions for the CHWs to use they may manage to make their own for use in their communities. At present only a very small percentage of CHW learners are able to make their own.
Keep up the good work!many, many thanks, or to use Zulu, “ngiyabonga khakhulu“
We would love to hear how you have used our books. If you have a story that you would like to share, please e-mail Khanh Pham at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll print one or two stories in each quarterly E-Newsletter.
Hesperian partner Jagruti delivers affordable medicine to poor in Dhaward, India
April 27, 2015
The need for affordable generic drugs is especially urgent in rural communities – treatable communicable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria remain commonplace, and chronic diseases, such diabetes, are on the rise. The Dharwad-Hubli district of Southern India is no exception, as most households have one wage-earner working seasonally in agriculture, except for one exciting development-- Jagruti, a long-time translation partner of Hesperian Health Guides, in coordination with Drug Action Forum—Karnataka has just launched the Dharwad Generic Drug House, which will bring low-cost generic drugs to the municipality. Inspired by Alma Ata and the work of the People’s Health Movement, the Drug action forum was formed by rural doctors in Karnataka, who felt that “the cost and use of medicines was forcing several families to penury,” and that accessible medicines and primary health care are an essential human right. Read More
Hesperian partner in Nepal featured on Global Motherhood blog
December 19, 2014
Even your creased, well-thumbed copy of Where There is No Doctor is no substitute for receiving attention from a compassionate and well-trained health care provider. In a recent piece on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood Blog , anthropologist Elisabeth Enslin describes how she used Where There Is No Doctor to advise her neighbors, who were reluctant to go to clinics after “they'd had their concerns dismissed, been sold expensive medicines or exams with dubious benefits, been chastised, misdiagnosed, misunderstood, inconvenienced, lost work time waiting for all-too-brief exams, been looked down on for their skin color, ethnic status, poverty, and/or gender.” Although she found that Where There is No Doctor provided “practical and thoughtful” solutions to many problems, she longed to be able to refer her Nepali advice-seekers to health services that would treat them with the respect and care they deserved. Read More
September 28: Day of action to save the lives of women and girls
In too many countries, women seeking post-abortion are denied care, imprisoned, or die unnecessarily from preventable medical complications. Access to safe post-abortion care is especially important for children, adolescents, and young adults, as 70% of hospitalizations for abortion are of women under the age of 20. Lack of post-abortion care is as deadly as it is widespread; worldwide, nearly half of the 21 million abortions that occur every year are unsafe, with 98% of unsafe abortions taking place in the developing world. In Latin America, where 95% of abortions are unsafe, lack of proper post-abortion care is responsible for one out of every eight maternal deaths. Such a large death toll does not simply cut short millions of women’s lives, but denies families their mothers, partners, daughters, aunts, and sisters. Read More