This initiative provides underserved individuals and communities with free access to much needed health information in a user-friendly, culturally-sensitive, heavily-illustrated language specific format, tailored for use by individuals and community health workers and other community leaders. Available in their own languages, and freely available in mobile friendly online format, this easy to use and practical information contributes to empower readers to take charge of their own health care.
Hesperian's health tools are award winning world renown informative health tools that are well reputed due to their accessibility, cultural and custom sensitivity, ease of use, ability to be used by community based health workers and individuals, and tailored language and illustrations based on user. This project will enable free access via internet, to health modules that can be downloaded in print format or on one's mobile or tablet.
Hesperian Health Guides’ mission is to equip even the most remote and underserved individuals and their communities with information and tools that enable and motivate them to take greater control over their health, and work together to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. Hesperian’s landmark book, Where There is No Doctor, was first published over 40 years ago and, according to the World Health Organization, remains “arguably the most widely use public-health manual in the world.” Translated into over 80 languages and over 3 million copies in circulation in 222 countries and territories.
Hesperian Health Guides has recently launched the NEW Where There is No Doctor (NEW WTND) initiative to address new and emerging health challenges and respond to how changes regarding gender, globalization, and democracy relate to global health challenges in the 40+ years since Where There Is No Doctor was first published. Stand-alone NEW WTND modules are released online on a light-weight mobile-friendly online platform as soon as they have been completed. The HealthWiki online platform was developed through initial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Access to health information on the HealthWiki continues to grow – in the past 12 months over 6 million individuals from 222 countries and territories accessed information on the HealthWiki, the vast majority using mobile devices. To date 12 modules of the NEW WTND are available in English on the online HealthWiki platform. Releasing the modules online allows people who need the information to access it immediately, as well as promoting its rapid translation into other languages. Once available, these resources generate huge internet traffic and a strong demand from individuals and our in-country partners to make the material available in more languages. Hesperian has begun to work with partners to translate and then publish the NEW WTND modules online. Hesperian monitor online use to learn more about what topics most interest people, what languages are most accessed, etc. It helps to determine which topics to work on next, and which to expand. As soon as even a single module is made available in a language other than English, online traffic soars to that area from the countries where it is spoken. In-country partners across Africa and Asia do use and distribute the print version of the book, and regularly report the need for it to be accessible online in the languages spoken in their countries. Hesperian doesn't only have a strong understanding of health information needed immediately from in-country partners, but also from online traffic.
Hesperian is committed to making NEW WTND modules for mobile friendly online access available in French, Bambara, Lao, Khmer, Nepali, Portuguese, and Swahili to increase free and wide access to this empowering information in: Mali and elsewhere in Francophone Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique and elsewhere in Lusophone Africa, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal. Depending upon funding, Hesperian plans to make available these modules, in highest demand and related to: Non Communicable Diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Eye Disease and Heart Disease; Women’s Reproductive Health including Women’s Menstrual Cycles , Family Planning, and Pregnancy and Birth; Early Childhood Development including Newborn Babies and Breastfeeding and Caring for Children; other topics related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Belly Pain, Diarrhea and Worms; First Aid. Hesperian is keen to work with in-country partners and strengthen their capacity for producing mobile friendly, on-line content that can be used by community based health workers and individuals.