"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.
Hesperian Health Guides is excited to join the CHW Central community in a conversation about developing materials for health education and training. We have been producing practical health manuals for over 30 years, starting with the publication of Where There Is No Doctor, and we’ve learned a lot in the process about how to make materials relevant, effective, and empowering. Some of the greatest insights have come from community health workers in the field who use, adapt, and translate our materials every day.
- Knowing your audience and developing appropriate material
- Choosing what to include
- Ensuring clarity of language
- Using illustrations effectively, and good design principles
- What are your biggest obstacles or challenges in developing health materials?
- Which of the topics listed above (or others) are you interested in discussing over the next month?
- What are you using as your source of health information when you make your materials? Are any of you using Hesperian books to guide your materials?
- What kinds of technologies are you using to create your health materials?
Zena Herman is the Project Coordinator for the New Where There Is No Doctor. She first started using Hesperian guides and making community-level health materials while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. She is also involved in expanding the reach of Hesperian material digitally, and helped to develop Hesperian's first mobile app. Locally, Zena works to make Health for All a reality by volunteering and training lay health workers at the Berkeley Free Clinic. She has been with Hesperian since 2006.