The Olympics are often a celebration of international unity and collaboration through sports, but this summer’s games in Rio face more challenges in that arena than in most years. As in other host cities, the construction of Olympic villages and venues has displaced many people, particularly those living in Rio’s favelas. Security preparations involving heavy-handed police actions aimed at “clearing” the city of drugs and crime have led to complaints of official brutality against the city’s lower-income and darker-skinned citizens.
After a “legal coup” bypassed elections to install a conservative and corrupt government in power, investment in education and health seems exactly the opposite of what people in Brazil can expect, despite the desperate need for attention to the Zika virus epidemic.
Zika can cause a severe disability, microcephaly, in babies born to mothers infected with the virus. Babies with microcephaly will need supportive care for life. Zika affects more people in the state of Rio de Janeiro than any other state in Brazil. The hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to enter the state for the games may end up passing the virus, not the torch, around the world.
If you are traveling to Brazil for the Olympics this summer, stay healthy and be mindful of your impact. Read our free Zika fact sheet, now in five languages, to learn how to avoid getting Zika. Skip ‘favela tours’ which are often disrespectful of local residents. Consider bringing copies of our Portuguese-language materials, including our Zika fact sheet, Where There is No Doctor, and A Community Guide to Environmental Health to give to local residents.
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!
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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.