No matter where you are, in a rural or urban area, you are in a watershed. Often, we know which city, county and state we live in, but not which watershed! A watershed is an area of land where all the water from rain and snow drains downward to a single body of water, such as a stream, river, lake, or wetland. A healthy watershed has the right combination of plants, water and soil to protect groundwater and can provide us with water for drinking, washing, agriculture, industry, and recreation. If a watershed is damaged—for example by deforestation, dumping of industrial and agricultural waste, or building large dams—everyone’s health is affected.
Chapter 9 of A Community Guide to Environmental Health – published by Hesperian in 2008 and now available in Spanish – provides a wealth of information about why it is important to protect our watersheds and how this can be done. It includes clear explanations and illustrations, activities, and stories about people who have organized to protect their watersheds and their health in the Aguan river valley of Honduras, among the Yaqui people in Northern Mexico, and in the Yukon territory in Alaska. Take a look at this unique resource that is being used by health workers, teachers, activists, development professionals and others around the world working to improve the health of people and the environment.
Curious about your watershed? If you live in the US, you can find your watershed at the website of the Environmental Protection Agency by entering your zip code.
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
Help 8 Hesperian translations that are ready to go to print!
All Hesperian books are published in English and Spanish, but all of our titles are available in multiple additional languages - over 80 so far!
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Hesperian works with amazing grassroots partners around the world, supporting them as they translate our books. Right now, Hesperian is helping 8 translation partners, located in Afghanistan, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Pakistan, to realize their vision of translating and distributing Hesperian books into Dari, Georgian, Tamil, Bahasa, Bunyore, Mongolian, Cebuano, and Urdu. These are only the projects that are close to completion—you can see more on Hesperian’s website.