As we look back at 2013, we can hardly believe how much your support has enabled us to accomplish – and we were there! Hesperian’s annual report summarizes all this progress – review it online with all our other freely accessible publications.
Here’s how we’re planning to expand on our achievements in 2014:
- More than a dozen print-on-demand titles in languages other than English and Spanish will be released in the coming year in languages including Where Women Have No Doctor in Burmese, several women’s health titles in Nepali, the long-awaited Book for Midwives in French, and more!
- Health information in Hesperian’s HealthWiki will almost double to including more on disabilities, early intervention, pregnancy and birth, midwifery, women’s health and empowerment, workers’ health, first aid, and non-communicable diseases. It will expand to include more books in Spanish, instructional videos, and will be significantly more accessible for mobile devices.
- More chapters from The New Where There Is No Doctor on Menstrual Cycles, Cancer, Family Planning, and Diabetes in English, will be published online in English, and new chapters will appear in Portuguese, Swahili, and Haitian Kreyòl.
None of this would be possible without you — thank you for all the ways you support Hesperian! Happy New Year and Health for All in 2014!
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
Police Violence Is a Public Health Issue
Brutality and shootings by police are now getting more attention than ever, but police violence has been all too common for too long. Coverage in social media and even the mainstream press has greatly expanded, particularly for typically marginalized communities such as transgender people and people of color, as offenses are increasingly filmed or photographed, shared, and protested, often through the organizing of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More
We can prevent obstetric fistula
Obstetric fistula is a devastating condition that happens when a woman is in labor for too long, and pressure from her baby's head tears a hole in the vagina, causing her to leak urine or feces constantly. Maybe she's too young to deliver, her body is too small, her pelvis is not yet fully formed. Maybe she has diabetes, a malformed pelvis, or other problems that don't allow a normal, healthy delivery. Read More
Bringing the mining industry above ground
Around the globe, extractive industries encroach on indigenous land and pollute rivers and lakes, harming the health of workers, families, and communities. Against the odds, a global movement of people continues to fight back, even when stripped of their land and resources by multinational companies. Read More
Join Hesperian for a night of live music and good food!
Please join Hesperian Health Guides and RiseUp Ghana on Thursday, March 24th, for a night of music, dancing, and fun. Your donation will support RiseUp Ghana's efforts to build a clinic in Wli Todzi, a remote village in Ghana, and Hesperian's translations of Where There Is No Doctor. 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
Care for Where There Is No Justice: The modern history of street medics and how they support social movements
Street medic groups have been on the front line of many groundbreaking movements, from the Civil Rights and New Left movements, to modern day movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring. Perhaps more importantly, however, street medics have played a role addressing root causes of ill health and supporting the movements which transform dynamics of power, privilege, and access. 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
Bridging the Healthcare Divide: 6th Annual Midwife Training
August 20, 2015
Each year, a group of approximately 30 midwives gather in Puerto Escondido, a small coastal town in Oaxaca, Mexico. These parteras come from all over the state of Oaxaca to take part in a 4-day training, honing their skills and gathering new information about safe birth techniques, management of emergencies during birth, and how to ensure that newborns stay healthy. Read More
Nepal earthquake response: Share Nepali health information
April 26, 2015
We extend our heartfelt sorrow and solidarity to the people of Nepal as they begin to bury their dead after Saturday’s earthquake left thousands dead, hundreds of thousands homeless, and many more completely cut off from contact by landslides. As civil society and governments struggle to provide search and rescue aid, food, medicine, and shelter, here are a few ways you can lend your support. 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
Invitation: Join Peace Corps and Hesperian in DC on November 24th
You are cordially invited to two events in celebration of the MOU signing and new partnership between
The Peace Corps and Hesperian Health Guides
For over 40 years, Peace Corps Volunteers have used Hesperian Read More
resources like Where There Is No Doctor in their work and with their
host communities. Now, Hesperian Health Guides and the Peace Corps
are signing an MOU to collaborate in global public health efforts.
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
Until the Walls Come Down: Health Advocacy in Prison
August 15, 2014
Prisoner’s Justice Day was August 10 in Canada. Thirty years ago, Edward Nalon took his own life in a segregated unit at Millhaven Maximum Security Prison in Ontario. On the one-year anniversary of his death, others living in the prison went on hunger strike and held a memorial service, knowing the consequence for such disobedience would be solitary confinement. Since then, every year incarcerated people and their allies internationally have continued to memorialize, grieve, and fight for those living on the inside. Read More
Helping Children Live with HIV: A Community-Based Approach to Living Positively
July 17, 2014
Hesperian offers our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those lost in Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. We are deeply saddened by the loss of many outstanding members of the HIV/AIDS research community and civil society.
There are currently 3.34 million children living with HIV worldwide. Recent studies demonstrate that gaps in access to treatment are widening in countries with high rates of HIV infection, with only 34% of children in surveyed countries being given Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) medicines, as opposed to 68% of adults. The problem becomes even more complex when you consider the 70 million children who become caregivers for their families at an early age, are orphaned, or experience a wide array of detrimental social impacts from growing up in communities disproportionately affected by HIV. Read More