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Hesperian Health Guides for Rural Communities

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Championed by Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 62–64)



FOR THIS PROJECT E&E RPCVs partners with the respected Hesperian Health Guides, publisher of illustrated health guides (including the well-known manual  Where There Is No Doctor), for use by health care workers in remote communities around the world.


Your donations to this project will provide funding for Hesperian to ship any of these books to Ethiopia or Eritrea in response to requests that have come to them from Ethiopians or Eritreans in-country at no charge to the recipients.

Books from Hesperian include (there are details at the site for each of the books):

  • Where There Is No Doctor
  • Helping Health Workers Learn
  • Where There Is No Dentist
  • Recruiting the Heart, Training the Brain
  • Health Actions for Women
  • A Book for Midwives
  • Where Women Have No Doctor
  • HIV Health and Your Community
  • Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety
  • A Community Guide to Environmental Health
  • A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
  • Disabled Village Children
  • Helping Children Live with HIV
  • Helping Children Who Are Deaf
  • Helping Children Who Are Blind
  • Problems with the Eyes and Seeing: Beyond the Basics
  • Life-Saving Skills Manual for Midwives
  • Home Based Life Saving Skills Large Picture Cards
  • The Barefoot Architect: A Handbook for Green Building
  • Water for Life
  • A Community Guide to Environmental Health
  • Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
  • Pesticides are Poison
  • Where There is No Animal Doctor

RPCVs are urged join in our effort to provide the Ethiopian and Eritrean healthcare workers in our communities with the resources they need to identify and treat common health problems, as well as address the root causes of poor health.

Those RPCVs who worked in education programs are especially urged to write to your fellow educators and librarians in-county to inform them that they should request from any of the above titles as there will be no cost to them.

With a donation of $250.00 you can provide the gift of a “Complete Hesperian Library” to your school. This is comprehensive set includes 15 titles that fall under six major topic areas: General health, disability health, women's health, workers' health, HIV/AIDS, and environmental health. (these are the first 15 titles in the listing above).

To support sending Health Guides for Rural Communities . . .

. . . you can send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to "Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs," and in the subject line enter "Health Guides."   Include your email for tax receipt.

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