Entries by Nasrullah Amirzai

Everybody Poops.

Here in North America it sounds like the punchline to a bad joke, but World Toilet Day is real. And we’ll be celebrating it along with the rest of the world next week!


Everyday is Indigenous People’s Day

This Monday, Hesperian did not observe Columbus Day. Our organization made a conscious decision to not honor the holiday, not reinforce the misinformation that Columbus’ “discovered” the Americas, and not celebrate the violence and genocide that followed. Instead of taking a day off, we are paying attention to the health and human rights challenges Indigenous […]


Women choose. We help.

Mexico’s highest court ruled unanimously this month to decriminalize abortion and set the precedent to legalize abortion nation-wide. While the focus is on abortion, it is impossible not to be moved by the words of liberation and justice the court shared in its ruling: “A new path of freedom, clarity, dignity and respect for all […]


Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

The headlines have been bleak. Hurricanes, floods, fires, and earthquakes, all caused or intensified by climate change, have destroyed homes, businesses and crops, and displaced families all over the world. Not to mention the toxic spills from chemical and petroleum plants. And then there’s the political upheaval unfolding in the U.S. and abroad. Many of […]


Midwives for Every Community

National Midwifery Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the essential role that midwives play in delivering ethical, culturally appropriate, quality health care. This year’s theme is “Midwives for Every Community” – and we couldn’t agree more! For many in the U.S., midwifery care is a luxury despite the critical care and services they […]