Beginning with the development of the classic Where There Is No Doctor in the mountains of Mexico in the early 1970s, Hesperian Health Guides has developed and distributed health materials now available in over 80 languages. They work with hundreds of partners who help us update and field test materials to ensure they are accurate and easy-to-use. They take all this work to scale with a paid staff of under 25 and an ever-increasing number of volunteers, currently at over 200. Hesperian is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is supported by the generous gifts of individual and institutional donors. Other important revenue streams come from the sale of books, resources, and digital tools.
Their resources are used by community health workers, midwives, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, teachers, health educators and community organizers to improve health around the world. Hundreds of government agencies and nonprofit organizations rely on Hesperian Health Guides to provide practical and comprehensive information that moves communities to take action on a wide range of health issues – from disability rights to women’s health, from protecting local ecosystems to training the next generation of health workers.
Hesperian strives for a world in which people and communities are equipped to achieve health for all. Their mission is to provide information and educational tools that help all people take greater control over their health and work to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health.