where there is no doctor

December 21, 2009 § 6 Comments

i just found an awesome resource.  turns out that the hesperian foundation has its books online for free download. (you may have to take a minute and sign up first) if you dont know their work.  check them out.

i first found one of their books in the team office when i was working in the west bank.  where there is no doctor.  it is basically a manual for community health workers.  and it is incredible.  the writing is simple and accessible.  everything is laid and out explained clearly.  great black and white drawings.   and it covers a variety of situations.  i learned so much.  (like how to get rid of fleas from the mattresses and the pillows.  oh. we are supposed to hang the mattresses and pillows outside in the sun for a couple of hours?  is that why all the palestinians drag their mattresses out of the house every morning?  oh. duh.) but also basic clinical skills, how to do assessments and diagnosis for a wide variety of diseases and ailments (from the common cold, to std’s, anemia, to cancer) and the variety of ways that are available to a community health worker to assist community members to have stronger bodies and minds.

one of the things i love about their books is that they are third world community-centered and it shows in the very language and approach of the book.

here are a  list of the books available online:

A Community Guide to Environmental Health
Where There Is No Doctor
Where Women Have No Doctor
A Book for Midwives
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
Disabled Village Children
HIV Health and Your Community
Helping Children Who Are Deaf
Helping Children Who Are Blind
A Worker’s Guide to Health and Safety
Cholera Prevention Fact Sheet
Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
Water for life
Pesticides are poison
Safe Handling of Health Care Waste
<!–a href="publications_download_environmental.php">A community guide to environmental health<br /–> Women’s Health Exchange
Global Health Watch 2005-2006
Global Health Watch 2
Where There Is No Dentist
The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

all of these books are for sale as well.  also a lot of them are translated in spanish.  and there are a whole bunch more (fascinating) books for sale that are not availabe for free download.  such as: setting up community health programmes, helping health workers learn, where there is no animal doctors, and the barefoot architect (this one i want sooo badly)…

did i mention how much they emphasize listening, respect for the person, the community, the culture, the relationships w/in the community, etc?

and they have translations in spanish and other non-english languages?

and that they dont write assuming that the audience is global western/northern?

oh my, it feels like xmas came a little early…

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