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[liberationtech] Fwd: Hesperian launches Digital Commons!!

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Mon Feb 27 16:02:06 PST 2012

Publishers of Where There Is No Doctor launch “Digital Commons”

Hesperian Health Guides, publisher of the landmark book Where There Is
No Doctor, is launching a new suite of digital tools designed
especially for community health workers and trainers. The Hesperian
Digital Commons provides free access to life-saving health information
in 26 languages, and empowers communities to become producers of
health materials that meet their needs rather than consumers of
one-size-fits-all content.

 Responding to and leveraging the explosion of digital technology –
particularly mobile phone technology – even in the world’s most remote
areas, the Digital Commons features an interactive Safe Pregnancy and
Birth iPhone app in Hesperian’s friendly, accessible style, along with
a HealthWiki well-suited for slow or intermittent internet
connections. And, after decades of hearing stories of health workers
cutting and pasting text from the health guides and tracing
illustrations to create posters and flyers, Hesperian has made
thousands of line drawings available in a searchable online image
library and developed a free on- or off-line layout program.

All tools and resources are available through Hesperian’s website: and the iTunes Apple Store:

Zena Herman
Project Coordinator | The New Where There Is No Doctor
Hesperian Health Guides
Knowledge for action. Action for health.

1919 Addison Street- Suite 304, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510-845-1447 ext. 238  |  Fax: 510-845-9141
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