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A Partnership to Improve Health

An image detailing an event Hesperian is hosting to celebrate 50 years of partnership between the Peace Corps and Hesperian. This event is happening on September 21st, 2023 from 4:30pm-5:45pm PST on Zoom. This image also invites you to enter Hesperian's RPCV story contest.

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Enter our RPCV Story Contest!

We want to hear from you, how did you use Hesperian books during your Peace Corps service?  Please email your submissions or any questions you have to [email protected]! If you have them, any photos of our books in action can be sent with your stories.

Winners will be chosen at random. The deadline to enter this contest is August 25, 2023.

PRIZES4 winners will get to send a Hesperian Library set to a community of their choice. This set includes Where There Is No Doctor, Helping Health Workers Learn, Where There Is No Dentist, Health Actions for Women and more!

Hesperian in WorldView magazine 

Hesperian was featured in WorldView magazine’s Spring 2023 edition! Check out the stories of 4 featured RPCVs who used Hesperian books during their service abroad here.

Share your story

Contact us at [email protected] to arrange a brief interview about how you used Hesperian books in the field. Feel free to email us your photos or videos too.

Hesperian books have been used by Peace Corps volunteers to improve health in their host communities for decades. Rulester Davis served in Kenya as a Senior Nutritionist/Research Specialist, where Hesperian’s Where There Is No Doctor helped her in an unexpected way. She submitted her story to the 2016 Peace Corps Storytelling Contest and performed it live:

“I served in Kenya from 1979-1982, and I delivered a baby boy in the back seat of a jeep, using Where There Is No Doctor. It is the best tool a Peace Corps Volunteer could ever have, for those that live or serve upcountry.  Please, please continue to train with it, because I know it works.”

— Rulester Davis, PCV Kenya, 1979-1982

Read more stories from other RPCVs:

Gregory MacCrone, PCV Liberia, 1989-1991

Janelle Downing, PCV Morocco, 2005-2007

Helen Pu, PCV Cambodia, 2011-2013

Other ways to get involved

  • Donate to our Gratis Book Program to help us send books to those who need them.
  • Double Your Gift by asking your HR department if your company offers an employee matching program.
  • Purchase books for your host community.
  • Share our digital materials with community leaders and health educators.
  • Connect host communities to the Gratis Book Program so they can receive free health materials
  • Follow us on Facebook and share our posts.

Thank you for being an integral part of Hesperian’s life and growth as an organization. We look forward to many more years of partnership with the Peace Corps!