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Projects

Illustration of a boy climing a treeHesperian health guides are developed for communities with limited access to health care. To ensure the conditions and concerns of the people who will use them are at the center of the book development process, our materials are field-tested around the world by grassroots community organizations, health providers, clinics, and individuals.  By presenting accurate and actionable health information in a simple, heavily illustrated style, Hesperian makes health information accessible to all, even readers with minimal formal education.  We are working to further increase access to our materials through our interactive digital resource center.  You can read more about each of our projects by clicking on the links below:

Helping Children Live with HIV
The New Where There Is No Doctor
Health Actions for Women
Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety
Hesperian Digital Commons
Open Copyright Policy
Building Partnerships
Gratis Books Program

Helping Children Live with HIV

This child health manual for community health workers, family members, and caregivers will include information on the prevention of HIV infection in babies, community-based pediatric diagnosis and treatment, and care of HIV-positive babies and children, with strategies for addressing the psychosocial needs of children affected by HIV, including how to talk to children about HIV and provide emotional support. Read draft field-test versions of three new chapters: “How to Keep Children Healthy,” “HIV and How Children Develop,” and “Communicating with Children and Talking about HIV.” You can also explore a field-test version of the short supplementary material, “How to Make and Use Memory Boxes”.

The New Where There Is No Doctor

Hesperian is developing a new 21st-century edition of our hallmark publication to address global health challenges that were not present when Where There Is No Doctor was written. This resource will retain the comprehensive approach, practicality, and accessibility of the original book while integrating new information on the mostly preventable and treatable diseases that continue to take an enormous toll on the world’s poorest people.  View advance chapters of the New Where There Is No Doctor.

Health Actions for Women

Social barriers and unexamined attitudes and practices often prevent effective use of women’s health information.  This guide for community organizing and activism will complement Where Women Have No Doctor by providing tools, activities, and accounts of successful work all over the world by women and their allies to challenge violence against women, analyze harmful effects of gender roles, promote strategies for better sexual health, improve access to family planning, and foster safe motherhood. View information about the content field testing process, and read what reviewers are saying about this upcoming book.

Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety

Easy-to-read and heavily illustrated, this guide will offer information about and solutions to common hazards found in export factories. In addition to addressing occupational health hazards it also focuses on “social hazards” such as sexual harassment and other gender-related abuses, child labor, poverty wages and human rights violations, and provides tools for organizing and leading labor and occupational health campaigns.  Read a Research and Policy Brief featuring Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA, an advance section of the book and a pamphlet on fighting factory fires. You can also read what reviewers and experts are saying about why they need this book.

Hesperian Digital Commons

The Hesperian Digital Commons is an ongoing collaborative project to re-imagine our widely known and trusted print materials through the innovative use of digital technology.  While continuing to publish books, we now offer our content in a variety of new formats, along with digital tools that further empower people to adapt and share our materials on line. The Digital Commons includes Hesperian Images; the HealthWiki; free downloads of resources in 30 languages; and our first mobile application

Hesperian’s pioneering open copyright policy facilitates the translation, adaptation, and wide distribution of Hesperian health guides and resources. Hesperian titles have been translated into 88 languages, exponentially increasing the reach and impact of this lifesaving health content.

Building Partnerships

Hundreds of partners from around the world work with us to develop, update, distribute, translate, and adapt our health guides – we could not do what we do without them! Funders help to facilitate the development of new health resources. Organizations of all sizes — along with individual health providers, activists, and community members — provide critical feedback that ensures that our materials are culturally appropriate and medically accurate. And our technology partners play a key role in the ongoing development of the Hesperian Digital Commons. Together we work to make health for all a reality.

Gratis Books Program

Gratis Books is adonor-supported initiative that provides free books to health workers who cannot afford the cost of purchasing and shipping Hesperian health guides. The program is run entirely by volunteers, ensuring that all donated funds go directly to purchasing and sending resources.