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!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank every individual and organization that submitted health materials. Because you are willing to share your work, you are helping others to prevent, diagnose, and treat health problems in Swahili-speaking communities without reinventing the wheel and having to invest precious time and resources into creating new materials on these topics.
Contest winners were selected by an evaluation team assembled by COBIHESA. Join us in congratulating the winners and exploring these new materials here.
1. Dr. Emmanuel J. Kandusi: Prostate cancer (flier)
2. Helen Mtui, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS): Dengue Fever (flier)
3. Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network: Coping with Drug Resistance (a series of 3 comic books)
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! Together, we can build health for all.
Help us to increase the number of health materials available in every language on our Resources by Language page by contributing health materials you have created. We are particularly looking for short fliers that incorporate Hesperian Images. Donations are also greatly appreciated!
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!
How do these books get translated? Read More
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.