Hesperian Foundation

The mission of Hesperian is to publish books and educational materials that help the world's poor take greater control over their health and their lives. Hesperian believes that health is a fundamental human right, and that information and education are essential to empowering individuals and communities to secure the enjoyment of this right in practice.

Hesperian Foundation
1919 Addison Street #304
Ste 304
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
(510)-575-8877
http://www.hesperian.org

Executive Director

Sarah Shannon

Management Team

Sarah Shannon, Mary Ann Buckley, Todd Jailer, Jenny Chung, Meagan Demitz, Libby Engels, Jacob Goolkasian, Zena Herman, Todd Jailer, Lizzie LaCroix, Miriam Lara-Meloy, Tawnia Litwin, Jane Maxwell, Michelle Nguyen, Susan McCallister, Sarah Shannon, Kiriyo Spooner, Kathleen Tandy, Kathleen Vickery, Robin Young

Board of Directors

Linda Spangler, Ellen Vor der Bruegge, Rob Rosenfeld, Eva Harris, Bill Lankford, Susan Weissert, Anne Hayes, Sarah Shannon, Emily West, Davida Coady, Pauline Butcher, Mary Ann Buckley, Larry Kressley, Amy Wilson, Melissa Smith, Todd Jailer, Jenny Chung, Meagan Demitz, Libby Engels, Jacob Goolkasian, Zena Herman, Todd Jailer, Lizzie LaCroix, Miriam Lara-Meloy, Tawnia Litwin, Jane Maxwell, Michelle Nguyen, Susan McCallister, Sarah Shannon, Kiriyo Spooner, Kathleen Tandy, Kathleen Vickery, Robin Young

Project Leaders

Lizzie LaCroix

Mission

The mission of Hesperian is to publish books and educational materials that help the world's poor take greater control over their health and their lives. Hesperian believes that health is a fundamental human right, and that information and education are essential to empowering individuals and communities to secure the enjoyment of this right in practice.

Programs

Hesperian writes, publishes, and distributes health information both in print and digitally. Beginning in 1973 with the publication of "Where There Is No Doctor," resources by Hesperian have expanded to include topics from general health to dentistry, women's health, environmental health, the health of disabled children, and midwifery. We work with grassroots partners worldwide to translate our books and resources into local languages, and to support communities in creating and improving community health systems. Featuring a unique narrative style, our resources are heavily illustrated and intended to be used by people with minimal formal education. Thanks to our community-based approach to content development, the World Health Organization has said that our flagship resource, "Where There Is No Doctor," is the #1 community health manual in the world, because it is easily accessible for both community health care providers and community members. Our resources have been purchased or downloaded in 221 countries and territories, and can be explored via multi-lingual navigation at www.hesperian.org.

Statistics on Hesperian Foundation

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2006: $2,089,628
  • Annual Budget for 2005: $1,891,583
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,104,595
  • Other funding sources: Hesperian receives support from foundations and international development agencies, book sales, and donations from individuals.