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Books and Resources

Hesperian Health Guides publishes 20 titles, spanning women’s health, children, disabilities, dentistry, health education, HIV, and environmental health. From this page, you can buy, download, or read health materials in English. View Resources by Language to explore materials in Spanish and other languages.

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Where There Is No Doctor

The most widely-used health care manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary health care and health promotion around the world. Current edition includes updated information on malaria, HIV, and more.

Advance Chapters from the NEW Where There Is No Doctor

These are the first chapters completed of an all new, 21st-century edition of our hallmark publication.Topics include nutrition, belly pain and diarrhea, water and sanitation, and care for pregnant women, newborns, and children.

Where There Is No Dentist

This basic dental manual uses clear language and step-by-step instructions to discuss preventive care of teeth and gums, diagnosis and treatment of common dental problems, and oral health and HIV.

Where Women Have No Doctor

An essential resource that helps a community understand, treat, and prevent many health problems that affect women. Topics include reproductive health, violence, mental health, HIV, and more.

A Book for Midwives

A vital resource for practicing midwives and midwifery training programs around the world, this book covers the essentials of care before, during, and after birth. Updated to reflect new WHO/UNICEF guidelines for mothers and newborns.

Helping Health Workers Learn

An indispensable resource for health educators, this book provides hundreds of methods, aids, and learning strategies to make health education engaging and effective, encouraging community involvement through participatory education.

A Community Guide to Environmental Health

This guide contains information, activities, stories, and instructions for simple technologies that help health promoters, environmental activists, and community leaders take charge of their environmental health.

Disabled Village Children

This manual contains a wealth of clear and detailed information along with easy-to-implement strategies for all who are concerned about the well being of children with disabilities, especially those living in communities with limited resources.

Helping Children Who Are Blind

The simple and engaging activities in this book can help parents, caregivers, teachers, health workers, rehabilitation workers, and others help a child with vision problems develop all of his or her capabilities.

Helping Children Who Are Deaf

This groundbreaking book, packed with activities on how to foster language learning through both sign and oral approaches, supports parents and other caregivers in building the communication skills of babies and young children.

A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities

Developed with the participation of women with disabilities in 42 countries, this guide helps women to overcome the barriers of social stigma and inadequate care to improve their general health, self-esteem, and independence.

Advance Chapters from Assembly Required: A Worker's Guide to Health and Safety

Topics include work hazards, social hazards, and activities for organizing worker-led campaigns. These chapters will be part of the upcoming publication, due to be released in 2014. 

HIV, Health and Your Community

A clear and thorough guide for health workers confronting the HIV pandemic in their communities, topics include designing prevention programs, and using language that is accessible to those with little medical training.

Environmental Health Booklets

Pesticides are Poison addresses how to treat people in pesticide emergencies and reduce harm caused by pesticides. Sanitation and Cleanliness includes information on how to build safe toilets. Water for Life covers how to make water safe for drinking and organize water projects (only available for download).

Health and Empowerment Bookshelf

Through our work, we find great resources on health and community empowerment written by like-minded organizations. We offer some of these hard-to-find titles for sale on our “Health and Empowerment Bookshelf.”

Women's Health Exchange

The Women’s Health Exchange is a series of resources for education and training on a broad range of women’s health topics, from family planning, to domestic violence, to women and work.

Hesperian Flyers and Posters

Featured flyers and posters include: Cholera Prevention Fact Sheet, Safe Handling of Health Care Waste, Fighting Factory Fires, and Danger Signs of Childbirth.  If you have created a flyer or poster using Hesperian materials, please send it to us at hesperian@hesperian.org!

Health for All Medical Glossary

Health for All Medical Glossary in Spanish, Kreyol, French, and English

By MEDICC and Hesperian

- See more at: http://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/resources-in-creole/#sthash.0vvPXzma.dpuf

Resources from other organizations

Links to additional resources on topics including community health, HIV, people with disabilities, women’s health, nutrition, and others can be found on this page, organized by topic, in the Hesperian HealthWiki.

Helping Health Workers Learn

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Disabled Village Children

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Advance Chapters from Assembly Required: A Worker's Guide to Health and Safety

1: Organizing for Safe and Fair Workplaces

2: Industries

3: Work Hazards and Solutions

  • Ergonomics
  • Chemicals
  • General Work Hazards: Machine injuries, Electricity , Fire, Dust, Noise, Light, Heat and Cold, Falling objects, Vehicle injuries
  • Ventilation, How to use personal protective equipment

4: Social Hazards and Solutions

  • Working too much, too fast, and for too little
  • Doing factory work at home; Discrimination; Violence; Workers who migrate; Children who work
  • Access to healthcare; Reproductive and sexual health;
  • Stress and mental health
  • Staying healthy: Eating well for health; Access to safe water and toilets; HIV and AIDS; TB; A decent place to live; Pollution from factories 

Hesperian is a nonprofit and relies on your support to continue developing resources and digital tools. Please click here to make a donation if you can. Thank you!

Environmental Health Booklets

Hesperian is a nonprofit and relies on your support to continue developing resources and digital tools. Please click here to make a donation if you can. Thank you!