Hesperian is deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of Bangladeshi labor activist Aminul Islam.
Aminul was an organizer at the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) and a local leader for the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF). He fought tirelessly alongside workers, unions, and organizations from Bangladesh and around the world to raise poverty-level wages, improve safety in response to tragic factory fires, and promote fair and healthy work in Bangladesh.
We first connected with Aminul in 2003 while developing our book A Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety. BCWS field-tested and contributed to several sections on the hazards of garment work, sharing not only their own experience and knowledge as organizers but also the comments, feedback, ideas, and suggestions of their Bangladeshi coworkers.
Aminul’s murder comes at a time of great progress and success for the workers’ movement in Bangladesh. He was fatally silenced by those who want to continue profiting from the poverty and ill health of workers in Bangladesh, who want to instill fear among those fighting for their rights. When our staff connected with Aminul after he had been released from being arrested on trumped-up charges and tortured a few years ago, they were struck by his impossibly-cheery, positive outlook and his incredible courage and strength. We have all lost an important colleague.
Hesperian joins the international community in demanding that Aminul’s death be promptly investigated and those responsible brought to justice. BCWS has asked us to urge the government of Bangladesh to take action by sending a letter to the Prime Minister. Please take a moment to join this campaign.
Hesperian Launches Online Database of 10,000+ Health-Related Images
April 04, 2013
Hesperian Health Guides announces the launch of Hesperian Images, a searchable online database of more than 10,000 hand-drawn illustrations related to health. Comprised of every image from Hesperian’s 20 renowned health publications, Hesperian Images is the largest online database of health-related images available.
Hesperian Images was developed in response to requests from health educators and practitioners around the world who have told us that they rely on images from Hesperian books like Where There Is No Doctor to illustrate everything from first aid to maternal health, hygiene to vaccines, and home remedies to modern medicines. Often using photocopiers, scissors, and tape, health workers have long used Hesperian images as sources for creating health training materials, health curriculum, presentations, flyers, posters, flipcharts, and many other tools. Read More
Hesperian’s mobile app featured on public radio
November 15, 2012
Hesperian's mobile app, Safe Pregnancy and Birth, was featured on the Bay Area's KQED public radio this morning.
Reported Kat Snow posted the following report on kqed.org:
"An award-winning app developed in the Bay Area aims to help pregnant women stay healthy and reduce the number of maternal deaths worldwide.
Berkeley-based Hesperian Health Guides created the Safe Pregnancy and Birth app for pregnant women, family members, and health care workers. Hesperian executive director Sarah Shannon says the app uses line drawings to illustrate information, such as how to prevent shock. Read More
"It just helps people as a visual cue to remember, oh, yes, I remember seeing that drawing -- that's what I know I'll do in the case of an emergency," says Shannon.
Hesperian at the 3rd People’s Health Assembly in South Africa
July 12, 2012
From July 6-11, Hesperian joined hundreds of health activists from over 90 countries at the third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town. The People’s Health Movementwas launched in Bangladesh in 2000 with a renewed call for ‘Health for All’ in response to the insufficient international commitment to address the conditions which cause poor health for millions of people around the world. Three Hesperian representatives participated in the six-day gathering in South Africa to continue building this inspiring global grassroots movement for health and social justice.
At the culturally diverse and inspiring opening plenary, the South African Minister of Health greeted PHM activists, and the spirit of community health workers was celebrated in song and dance. Speakers addressed the challenges confronting people’s health and our capacity to overcome them. The meeting place of the Assembly, The University of the Western Cape, had been an incubator of struggle in the anti-apartheid movement and once again its halls contained health workers, activists, and administrators from South Africa and around the globe, all working in their own ways to create a more just world.
Watch a video of the opening ceremony. Read More
Do you know where your water comes from?
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. Read More