Today, May 1st, Hesperian‘s offices are closed to commemorate International Workers’ Day. We’re taking a well-deserved day off.
Like the great majority of the world’s workforce, we’ll spend time with family and friends, resting and recharging our batteries.
We’ll also participate in community events and marches around the Bay Area, in Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa, demanding labor and occupational health and safety rights for all workers, regardless of their legal status, and comprehensive immigration reform.
And though May Day comes but once a year, it isn’t the only day to struggle for workers’ rights and health.
On April 24th, we commemorated the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse by calling on US Apparel companies to stop avoiding their responsibility and create safer factories by joining the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
And on April 28th, International Workers’ Memorial Day, we participated in a local day of action (in tandem with events all over the US and around the world); shared 2 important reports highlighting the need to prevent more workers from becoming ill or dying on the job (Dying at Work in California and Preventable Deaths 2014); and joined lively Twitter storms (with #IWMD14, and #WorkersMemorialWeek) to build awareness and encourage discussion about workers’ health issues.
Photo courtesy of 1199SEIU
And after all that, we went back to work on finishing Hesperian’s upcoming book Assembly Required: A Worker’s Guide to Health and Safety.
What will you do to celebrate International Workers’ Day?
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
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