President Clinton Highlights Hesperian's Commitment to Improve the Lives of Three Million People

Saturday, September 27, 2008 General News J E 4
NEW YORK and BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 26 Speaking at theClinton Global Initiative's (CGI) New York summit, President Clintonhighlighted Hesperian's commitment to empower communities in overcoming thedeath and disease that a lack of safe drinking water and sanitation cause. TheHesperian commitment brings together funding and support partners the KindWorld Foundation, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and others toarm communities with vital water, health and hygiene education.

The commitment enables Berkeley, CA based Hesperian -- a highly respectednon-profit publisher and distributor of easy-to-understand materials thatenable communities to recognize, treat, and prevent most common healthproblems -- to increase the number of local editions of its A Community GuideTo Environmental Health, expanding distribution of water andsanitation-related materials while also expanding the circulation of theupdated guide Where There Is No Doctor.

Hesperian's life-saving publications are available in over 80 languages,and are currently used in over 100 countries. They are helping to train healthworkers in violence-torn areas of Colombia, create community-based care forrefugees in Thailand, support children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, combattoxic poisoning from mining in the Philippines, and answer urgent publichealth needs worldwide.

"Hesperian works by bringing together community leaders and otherpartners, and tapping into their local knowledge," noted Sarah Shannon,Hesperian's Executive Director. "That ensures its books are relevant,up-to-date, and community-appropriate. With this commitment, our network cangreatly enhance the development and distribution of life-saving information ina powerful, collaborative way that reaches the largest number of peoplepossible."

The commitment reflects CGI's determination to improve global health withexisting tools and knowledge. Hesperian is ideally positioned to support thisgoal through the production and distribution of culturally appropriate,practical and powerful health information via its open copyright publishingmodel.

Hesperian will work with a partner network to update and test resources inthe field, and through a collaborative online portal. It will make seed grantsand technical assistance available to over 20 translation partners in Africa,Asia and Latin America. Resources developed will be distributed by PAHO,Populations Services International (PSI), Global Action, and others.

SOURCE Hesperian


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