Another morning, another commute to work – but this time, there were treats along the way! Today is Bike to Work Day, started by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and hosted in Berkeley by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
Almost half of Hesperian staff bike to work, and most of the rest of staff take the train, the bus, carpools, and their own two feet – it’s better for the planet, and better for us. And it can help us to slow down and connect with the world around us in a different way. We hope you joined us today (and everyday) in using your bicycle to get around whenever possible!
We couldn’t do it without our volunteers
Hesperian depends on the labor of an energetic team of volunteers, who devote thousands of hours to every aspect of our work, from packing books to researching to fundraising. Our digital projects volunteers make building our HealthWiki possible: they proofread, code, design, manipulate images, translate and program. Their skills and time enable people to access Hesperian materials everywhere on tablets, cell phones, and other mobile devices. Read More
Heart disease doesn’t have to be the number one killer
Heart diseases kill more of the world's people than anything else. Strikingly, three quarters of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. With the right resources and support, including regular primary health care, the risk factors for cardiovascular disease could be detected, people treated, and lives extended instead of being cut tragically short. Unfortunately, without access to regular, affordable health care, illness is caught too late, after the disease has progressed and treatment is not available or is too expensive. Read More
Dr. King is still right: Our needs are labor’s needs
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Of all forms of discrimination and inequalities, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman." Fighting for economic, racial, or reproductive justice is made all the more challenging when faced with the triple threat of increased illness, inadequate resources to find care, and discrimination in care. People with more resources are better equipped to fend off health problems, while poor people and historically marginalized groups are stuck with what they’ve got. Read More
Updated “Where There Is No Doctor” Reflects 40 Years of Care
Over 40 years ago, the “first edition” of Donde No Hay Doctor was produced on index cards using a typewriter. All the illustrations were drawn by hand, and typos were corrected in pencil.
Since then, Donde No Hay Doctor has been translated into English, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic -- over 80 languages altogether, and is considered the most widely used health manual in the world. Read More
To show our thanks, enjoy 20% off ’til Sunday
Every day, Hesperian receives letters from all over the world requesting copies of our materials. Village health workers, teachers, community members, and medical practitioners from places as far away as Nigeria, Ghana, El Salvador, and Brazil send letters, often hand-written, that tell the story of their communities -- and their need for Hesperian books. Read More
Health info crosses borders to aid refugees in Jordan
With border closings, harsh travel restrictions, and high fences, Hesperian health information can travel more freely than many refugees.
For decades, Hesperian’s materials have been used in emergency settings to help vulnerable groups. Today, nearly 60 million people are displaced around the globe -- 1 out of every 122 worldwide -- and the number is growing as the Syrian refugee crisis intensifies. Read More
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 releases highly anticipated new title: Health Actions for Women
February 19, 2015
“No other resource today provides such concrete tools to engage communities and empower women of all ages to build lasting change from the ground up. A triumph!” —Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Women’s health is more than medicine; the social barriers to good health for women and girls are difficult to discuss and resolve. Hesperian’s new title, Health Actions for Women: Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change provides a wealth of accessible, engagingly illustrated activities, strategies, and stories that address the social obstacles and practices that prevent women and girls from enjoying healthy lives. Read More
Celebrating Jane Maxwell’s 50 years of health activism!
February 16, 2015
On February 6th, 2015, friends and colleagues from many communities gathered in appreciation of Jane Maxwell, who has had (and will continue to have) an incredible impact on the lives and health of so many people through her work and advocacy over 50 years. Colleagues from MIUSA, WORLD, the AIDS Lifecycle ride to end AIDS, the Berkeley Free Clinic, Hesperian Health Guides, and many other communities thanked Jane for her enduring dedication, support, and friendship. 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
With these new Swahili health materials, we’re all winners!
The Swahili health materials contest we announced in August, cosponsored by Hesperian, our Tanzanian partner COBIHESA, and K4Health, generated an impressive response. We are excited to announce that 22 new health materials are now freely available for download on our Swahili Language Hub! These excellent new resources cover topics from cervical cancer to training midwives, and from non-communicable to sexually transmitted diseases. People sent creative entries in every imaginable form: videos, fliers, brochures, posters, comic books, and more! 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