On December 20, the KPFA program Africa Today featured Hesperian Fellow Julie Cliff talking about her work in Mozambique. Here’s a recording of the program (Julie’s interview starts at 29:30):
Julie is a long-time Hesperian partner. This year she completed a Portugese edition of Where There Is No Doctor for Mozambique, Onde Não Há Médico, in order to provide the most up-to-date information on health for use by communities and clinics throughout the country. Given the high incidence of HIV in Mozambique, the edition incorporates information about HIV/AIDS in many chapters. She spent a month this fall working with Hesperian writers and editors in Berkeley on early drafts of a new edition of Doctor.
Julie is an Australian physician who moved to Mozambique as part of the international solidarity movement when the country gained independence from Portugal in 1975. She has lived there ever since. On the radio she discusses her work on several public health issues including a rare form of paralysis that affects women of reproductive age and children as a result of having to eat under-processed green cassava during drought and famine. She also talks about the development of a malaria control policy in southern Africa that distributes bednets instead of spraying for mosquitoes with pesticides.
Photo: Julie Cliff (left) smiles with Hesperian staff and Aruna Uprety, another Hesperian Fellow
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