Hesperian Health Guides

Community Health

Addiction Resource is an online resource providing a wealth of information to help better educate people about substance abuse and motivate the ones who may be suffering to seek the support they need.

AgeWays and Aging and Development, HealthAge International
These free journals are printed 2 times a year. HelpAge has a network of over 50 organizations worldwide, working to achieve a lasting improvement in the quality of life for older persons.

African Medical and Research Foundation
Wide range of low-cost, practical manuals and books on primary health care.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Information about alcoholism and materials on how to start community support groups for persons with drug or alcohol problems. Contact them for information about groups in your area.

Aprovecho Research Center:
Information and training about low fuel cook stoves as well as organic gardening, sustainable forestry, and appropriate technology. Produces booklets describing how to build several simple stoves.

Christian Medical Association of India
Health and community development resources, including the Contact newsletter of the World Council of Churches.

Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network
An NGO network that shares information and training on accessing essential medicines, rational use of medicines, and organizing pharmaceutical services.

Health Action International (HAI)
Works with partners around the world to promote the rational distribution and use of medicines. A newsletter, Practical Pharmacy, is published online by HAI-Africa.

Health Action Information Network (HAIN)
Books and newsletters on a variety of health topics.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Magazines, brochures, videos, and other materials on health, agriculture, and development. Materials in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic, some at no cost. Contact them for links to regional offices around the world.

Media/Materials Clearinghouse
Wide variety of health information and health education materials.

Medical Aid Films
Accessible training films in many languages on a wide variety of health topics. Many films are aimed at community health workers and educators and another series of films are aimed at skilled health workers.

Participatory Learning and Action
A leading informal journal on participatory learning and action approaches and methods for community workers, activists and researchers. All the material is copyright free and users are encouraged to photocopy articles for sharing and training.

People’s Health Movement
PHM calls for a revitalization of the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration which promised Health for All by the year 2000 and complete revision of international and domestic policy that has shown to impact negatively on health status and systems.

Practical Action
Technical information for grassroots development. Print materials and multimedia. Contact them for links to resource centers in other countries.

Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC)
Low-cost books, slides and accessories in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese on health care and development for use in poor communities. Free booklist.

Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)
Health education materials in English and local Indian languages. Also publishes Health for the Millions, a journal about low-cost health care.

World Neighbors International Headquarters
Teaching materials designed from program experience for use in the specific country and locality. Topics include health and nutrition, family planning, community development and agriculture. In English, French, and Spanish.