Maintaining Healthy Lives for People with Disabilities Jane Maxwell
Hesperian Health Guides Hesperian’s mission is to publish books and other educational materials that enable poorcommunities to take greater control over theirhealth and their lives. Our resources are used by millions of people worldwide who have little or no access to medical care.
Hesperian’s Community Health Guides • Helping Children Who Are Blind• Where There Is No Doctor• Where Women Have No Doctor • Helping Children Who are Deaf• A Book for Midwives • Helping Health Workers Learn• Disabled Village Children • Where There Is No Dentist• A Health Handbook for Women with • A Community Guide to Environmental Disabilities Health
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I wonder if those chapters (family planning, sexuality) have alreadybeen adapted to the Afghan context. Because I am concerned that those chapters are going a bit too far in what Afghanistan can copewith. Many things can be discussed openly with women nowadays inAfghanistan, but printing and disseminating this material is anotherhuge step that I see as potentially being too ambitious at the moment. Itmight create unwanted side effects, such as shuras, elders, or husbandsreacting strongly to such details – especially birth control techniques.I think we have to be cautious with the pictures too. -- Firoz Alizada, -- National Association of Women with Disabilities of Afghanistan
Nagarathna and Shobha expressed that they could notparticipate this time due to their prior commitments. Imanaged to get Madhu (who is visually impaired), Jaya(who has bilateral polio), and Dorothy (who is in awheelchair) to come to Mobility India and discuss thechapters. This process took half a day, but in the endthey were satisfied, happy and are eagerly lookingforward to the book.I must mention that there were some typing errors,which I am sure you will attend to.
What the book does NOT cover:• Disease-related disabilities, such as diabetes and lupus.• Physical therapy• Medical management of individual disabilities
What the book DOES cover:• organizing for disability-friendly health care.• how to care for daily needs with limited access to equipment..• having healthy and safe sexual relationships.• which family planning methods work best for which disabilities.• pregnancy and childbirth.• how to defend against violence or abuse.• how families and caregivers can assist women with disabilities in a way that is helpful and not demeaning.
Translations In Progress Spanish Vietnamese Nepali Bengali Lao Azeri Chinese Igbo Khmer Armenian Urdu Mongolian Telugu Tamil Arabic
Jane Maxwelljanem@hesperian.org www.hesperian.org