We’re thrilled to expand our popular HealthWiki to include new entries in Swahili focusing on water and sanitation to better help people address the root cause of many illnesses: lack of clean water.
In Tanzania 14 million people don’t have access to safe water according to WaterAid, and every year more than 7,000 young children die due to diarrheal diseases. This new HealthWiki information tackles immediate health issues by discussing treatment and prevention of worms and diarrhea — and how to improve water and sanitation systems.
This work expands our current Swahili HealthWiki content focused on pregnancy, caring for children, breastfeeding and basic nutrition — all using clear drawings and easy-to-understand language to help people living in the African Great Lakes region take charge of their health.
Over 7 million users have logged on to our free, online HealthWiki since 2011, including more than 3.8 million people that have viewed our materials in Spanish. Hundreds of thousands of readers use our HealthWikis in Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese and others.
Every day we are increasing the accessibility of health information to those who need it most through our books in many languages, Gratis Book Program, Image Library, Safe Pregnancy and Birth app — and by expanding our HealthWiki with new, relevant content in even more languages. Hesperian Health Guides is here to provide information to help people — and their communities — live healthier lives.
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.