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It is impossible to adequately thank all the people who made Where Women Have No Doctor a reality. This book started as a good idea shared by a small group of women and ended up as a remarkable international collaboration spanning 5 continents. Now we find ourselves wanting to thank everyone who helped, but simply listing their names does not do justice to the tremendous and generous contributions so many have made: from the groups of women who met early on to discuss topics related to women’s health care, and who later reviewed chapters we wrote based on what they told us; to others who sent us original materials or reviewed (often several times) different sections of the book; to others who wrote drafts of chapters; to the specialists in women’s health care who reviewed parts of or the entire manuscript; and to the artists—women from 23 countries—whose illustrations reflect just how diverse a project this was. We thank you all, for through your combined efforts, this book now rightfully belongs to any woman who reads or uses it.
Wholehearted thanks to the following friends of Hesperian for their work on writing specific chapters, or for contributing the time or ideas that helped complete them:Abortion: Judith Winkler of IPAS, and Judith Tyson
Breastfeeding: Felicity Savage King, Helen Armstrong, Judy Canahuati, and Nikki Lee
Female Genital Cutting: Jane Kiragu, Leah Muuya, Joyce Ikiara, the women of Mandaeleo Ya Wanawake,
Mental Health: Carlos Beristain
Pregnancy: Suellen Miller
Rape and Violence: Elizabeth Shrader Cox
Sex Workers: Eka Esu-Williams
Women with Disabilities: Judith Rogers, Pramila Balasundaram, and Msindo Mwinyipembe
Coordination: 2006 reprint, Pam Fadem
2010 reprint: Jane Maxwell
2014 reprint: Kathleen Vickery
2018 reprint: Todd Jailer
Support for the 2010 reprint, 2012 update, 2014 reprint, and 2018 reprint from Scilla Bennett, Jean Box, Iñaki Fernández de Retana,Jacob Goolkasian, Shu Ping Guan, Zena Herman, Todd Jailer, Susan McCallister, Kathleen Tandy, Dorothy Tegeler, Kathleen Vickery, and Sarah Wallis. Advice from Maggie Bangser, Alan Berkman, Kathy DeRiemer, Madelyn Hamilton, Erin Harr-Yee, Ellen Israel, José Jerinomo, Brian Linde, Jonathan Mermin, Syema Muzaffar, Melanie Pena, Tin Tin Sint, Melissa Smith, Linda Spangler, Susan Sykes, Fiona Thomson, Lorna Thornton, Elliot Trester, Denise Tukenmez, Marco Vitoria, Curt Wands-Bourdoiseau, Beverly Winikoff, and Susan Yanow; all were extremely helpful, as were the 4 authors.
In addition, we are deeply indebted to Deborah Bickel, Sara Boore, Heidi Broner, Regina Doyle, Susan Fawcus, Blanca Figueroa, Sadja Greenwood, May Haddad, Richard Laing, Lonny Shavelson, Richard Steen, and Deborah Wachtel for their constant availability and selfless efforts. It’s hard to imagine what we would have done without them.
Thanks also to the following groups of women in different countries who contributed so much of their time, hearts, and minds to review these materials and enrich the book:
in Bangladesh: The Asia Foundation;
in Botswana: Thuso Rehabilitation Centre, Maun;
in Brazil: the Association of Community Health Workers of Canal do Anil, and the health educators of Itaguai;
in Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen: the many groups of women who are members of the Arab Resource Collective;
in El Salvador: the women of Morazán and Chalatenango;
in Ethiopia: the groups of women who met in Addis Ababa;
in Ghana: The Association of Disabled Women, Dorma Ahenkro, the schoolgirls of Wa, and the women of Korle Bu;
in Honduras: the women of Urraco Pueblo;
in India: CHETNA, SEWA, Streehitikarini, the women of Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh, and the exiled women of Tibet;
in Kenya: Mandaeleo Ya Wanawake—from the districts of Machakos, Kitui, Kerugoya, and Murang’a—the Dagoretti Clinic Community Health Workers, the Mwakimai Self Help Group of Kisi, Crescent Medical Aid, the women of Population and Health Services (PHS) of Nairobi, and the women of VOWRI, Nairobi;
in Mexico: the women of Ajoya, and the community health promoters of Oaxaca;
in Nigeria: the Nigeria Youth AIDS Programme;
in Papua New Guinea: the East Sepik Women and Children’s Health Project;
in the Philippines: GABRIELA, HASIK, LIKKHAN, REACHOUT, and the People’s Organizations for Social Transformation;
in Sierra Leone: the women of Matatie Village;
in the Solomon Islands: the women of Gizo;
in Uganda: the Kyakabadiima Women’s Group, and WARAIDS;
and in Zimbabwe: the Women’s Action Group.
And heartfelt gratitude to the countless others who gave so freely of their time and talents, especially:
The following persons and groups kindly gave us permission to use their artwork: Family Care International for numerous drawings by Regina Doyle from their book Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers: An Information Guide; Macmillan Press Ltd., for Janie Hampton’s drawing on page 60 from Healthy Living, Healthy Loving; the Environmental and Development Agency, New Town, South Africa, for the drawing on page 395 from their magazine, New Ground; Honto Press for Akiko Aoyagi Shurtleff ’s drawing on page 411 from Culinary Treasures of Japan; the Movimento de Mulheres Trabalhadoras Rurais do Nordeste for the drawing on page 17 from O Que É Gênero?; and the Colectivo de Mujeres de Matagalpa and the Centro de Mujeres de Masaya for the drawing on page 338 from their manual ¡Más allá de las lágrimas!. And thanks to Connexions magazine for the story on page 339.
We also thank the following foundations and individuals for their generosity in financially supporting the project: Catalyst Foundation; Conservation, Food and Health Foundation; C.S. Fund; Domitila Barrios de Chungara Fund; Ford Foundation; Greenville Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; David and Lucile Packard Foundation; San Carlos Foundation; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; Kathryn and Robert Schauer; and Margaret Schink. Thanks also to the many individuals who made contributions to match a Catalyst Foundation grant. Finally, a special thanks to Luella and Keith McFarland for their early support and encouragement, and to Davida Coady for believing in this project and pushing it forward during a particularly difficult time.