Hesperian’s reason for existing is to produce resources for Community Health Workers, and our practice is always to make them digitally available free of charge in as many languages as possible. It is unfortunate that many in HIFA seem to only pay attention to the earliest books – perhaps a reflection of their age and how long it has been since they were community health workers!
In the HIFA postings on CHWs of November 8, a number of topics were raised, and Hesperian has materials in many languages freely available online that address all of them (not just Helping Health Workers Learn). For example:
First Aid in English, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, and Portuguese.
Newborn Care in Arabic, English, Spanish, Filipino, French, Hausa, Haitian Kreyol, Somaaliga, Portuguese, Swahili, Chinese, Lao, Khmer, Urdu, Amharic, and Nepali.
Diabetes in English, Bangla, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, Khmer, Swahili, Nepali, Chinese and Lao.
I’d also like to point out that just as Helping Health Workers Learn is a companion to Where There Is No Doctor, we also have a great manual called Health Actions for Women which is a companion to Where Women Have No Doctor. Versions of all the above are also freely available online on our website.
Please don’t use versions posted on other websites. They are not guaranteed to be corrected and updated as materials are directly from Hesperian. Community Health Workers deserve accurate, timely information – and uunlike other online enthusiasts, Hesperian actually provides it.
Working tirelessly to make health information free for all, Todd Jailer, managing editor, Hesperian Health Guides
Todd Jailer, managing editor
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