Books by Hesperian Health Guides
Hesperian works with grassroots organizations and volunteers throughout the world to write, field-test, translate and produce health materials on a wide range of topics in multiple languages.
The most widely-used manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary care and health promotion around the world. Newly updated in May 2023 to include the latest information on burn treatment, family planning, sexually transmitted infections, epilepsy treatment vaccination, treating and preventing malaria and HIV, and COVID-19. Also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Kreyol, Urdu, and Bambara.
An excellent companion to Health Actions for Women, Where Women Have No Doctor combines self-help medical information with an understanding of the ways poverty, gender discrimination and cultural beliefs that harm health and limit access to care. This accessible, illustrated guide is a must-have resource for women and health care providers. Also available in Spanish, Kreyol, Lao, Nepali, Burmese, and Chinese.
Helping Children Live with HIV is a new, innovative community health guide, designed to empower families and communities affected by HIV in their efforts to support children’s well-being and healthy development. Richly illustrated, filled with unique stories and practical advice, this resource addresses both the physical and emotional health needs of children living with HIV.
Recruiting the Heart, Training the Brain tells the story of how Latino Health Access developed its groundbreaking promotor model of peer-to-peer outreach and education in Santa Ana, California. Facing problems such as obesity and diabetes, their strategies, advice, and accomplishments will spark hope and change throughout communities. Also available in Spanish.
Easy to use and full of illustrations, the Workers' Guide to Health and Safety demystifies occupational safety to make it accessible to everyone. It provides essential tools to support employees, health promoters and union organizers in their efforts to create safer and healthier workplaces. The strategies are applicable to any factory setting, especially electronics, shoe and garment industries.
Health Actions for Women addresses the social factors that prevent women and girls from enjoying healthy lives. This guide offers proven strategies to help women and men facilitate community discussions and action, even in challenging settings where organizing for women’s health is difficult or dangerous. Also available in Spanish, Khmer, Lao and Nepali.
Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world use Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums. From preventing and treating common dental problems to making low-cost equipment, this title covers essential topics in oral health and hygiene. The 2021 edition includes a current, revised resource section, an up-to-date medications guide, and improved dosing instructions for pain management. Also available in Spanish and French.
With hundreds of illustrations and clear instructions, A Community Guide to Environmental Health helps health promoters, development workers, environmental activists, and community leaders take charge of their environmental health in villages and cities alike. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian.
An indispensable resource for health educators, Helping Health Workers Learn shows how to make health education engaging and effective. This book encourages community involvement through participatory education and emphasizes a people-centered approach to care. Also available in Spanish.
This groundbreaking guide helps women with disabilities overcome barriers to poor health and advocate for better health care. A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities is an essential resource for health professionals, caregivers, and trainers working with disability groups. Also available in Spanish and Nepali.
Filled with clear and detailed information along with easy-to-implement strategies, Disabled Village Children is for anyone interested in the well-being of children with disabilities, especially those living in communities with limited resources. The English edition has recently been updated to reflect changes in how we talk about disability, and to include new information on burn rehabilitation, prevention of contractures, and seizures and epilepsy. Also available in Spanish.