15.10.08

Humanitarian Bloggers ...


Never one to shy away from a bit of humanitarian action (I was volunteering in Timor last year and loved it) ... I was inspired by Kim and Amanda to get in on the action for Blog Action Day...

An organisation that is certainly close to my heart is the Hesperian Foundation.
Before I left for Timor, I bought a copy of thier book 'Where there is no Doctor', probably one of the most well know and successful manuals for primary health care in developing countries.

It has been published in over 75 different languages, and last year was reprinted to include sections on HIV and anti-retroviral therapy reflecting the global increase in this epidemic, and updated sections on malaria, nutrition and tropical medicine.

It is designed to be used mainly by non profesional staff mainly, but I found it absolutely invaluable in delivering health information to the Timorese people and still look to it in my current role in Aboriginal health care in Australia.

So, I will also donate $2 for every comment to help The Hesperian Foundation deliver books to the areas where they are most needed ...

It's a great cause so lets get behind it xx

31 comments:

  1. yay! - isn't this such a good idea!!! make my comment count Miss Em! (ps - esther and i have just started SATC the movie for the second time tonight....wish you were here!!) x

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  2. I think this is a great idea! Good for you :)

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  3. Yay! I posted on this today too. I didn't, however, think of the brilliant and generous donation based on comments idea. I hope you get lots of comments here!

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  4. Comment! Comment! Comment!

    I love to see posts like this. Very kind of you...

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  5. I will comment myself so I can officially donate (hee he). And forgot to say, will do the transaction on Monday, so you have all weekend to comment dear generous friends xx

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  6. Hooray for all the comments! What a fabulous foundation. It's great that you are able to generate some awareness for such a wonderful cause. Amanda x

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  7. Great cause - love that you also donated your time to go to East Timor, seeing things for ourselves is always lifechanging. Tracey x

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  8. hesperian's work is amazing! lets all support it!

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  9. Excellent idea! I'm a superfan of Hesperian.

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  10. Hesperian is my favorite organization! They deserve all of our support!

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  11. Great work, Hesperian.

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  12. Hesperian Fdn does amazing work. No doubt their work has been the unsung hero in saving people's lives worldwide. Glad to help them get more donations.

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  13. Thanks for doing this! I am super excited and am sending going to be sending translations to some friends in the Peace Corps!

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  16. Yay for Hesperian!

    -Brad

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  17. So this deserves a comment even if there wasn't a donation involved! It is great you decided to take your creativity out for a walk, it needs some training, but everything will come out with time, practice and patience... (I hope I can be called a Hesperian someday, support a good cause and speak out for what I think and believe... the only thing we have in common is us both liking Sex&the City, lol)

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  18. I've read several of Hesperian's books and appreciate every one of them. They are valuable resources that greatly enrich not only my library, but the health of my family and friends as well. Cheers to Hesperian for making these books available to those who need them the most!

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  19. My beloved mother in law to be passed away before we were to be family but not before she wrote & illustrated most of A Book for Midwives for Hesperian - thank you for supporting its distribution worldwide!

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  20. Hi, great initiative! I have actually worked with Health Alliance International/MoH in East Timor for the last couple of years. The language center just published where there is no doctor in Tetun! I think the Xanana reading room also has it in Bahasa.
    COngrats again,
    Jennifer

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  21. Jennifer, please unlock your profile so I can talk to you more about this - I am thinking so seriously about going back to Timor and HAI is one group that I was looking at ... looking forward to hearing from you!
    And all you other naughties with your profiles locked - unlock them too!

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  22. thanks! hesperian is fantastic - i'm a midwifery student and love the Book for Midwives...

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  23. What a neat fundraising idea! Every Peace Corps volunteer has a copy of "where there is no doctor" and I can see its utility in certain communities.

    You may want to put the deadline on the blog post as this has been linked to on Friendster among other social networking sites.

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  24. I have a copy of where there is no doc in french and english. A great tool in the village but also makes you paranoid when you start to self diagnosis.

    Best of luck!

    Nate
    PCV Senegal, West Africa

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  25. Leana RosettiOctober 21, 2008

    Thank you for believing in us! As part of the staff of Hesperian, I always get a boost when someone supports us!

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  26. thanks so much for supporting heseprian!!! great idea :)

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  27. I think this is a great idea!! I'm sure it will make a difference = )

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  28. More books to more people! Literacy decreases poverty.

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  29. I totally support this type of thing, and hope that I can make a difference.

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  30. This is phenomenal. As a member of WUSC (World University Service of Canada) I am a firm believer that education can and will change the world! Kudos to you Emma!

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While of course I appreciate your generous comments, please don't feel obliged ... just having you stop by is lovely enough!

Happy day dear friends xx