Although high quality guides about service delivery in resource-limited settings exist in English, these resources are often not available in other languages commonly spoken by the health workers who need the information.
Swahili Health Information
With support from K4Health, Hesperian Health Guides launched its Swahili language hub, and translated two popular modules from the guide "Where Women Have No Doctor" into Swahili: one module on newborn babies and breastfeeding, and another on pregnancy. These initiatives make it easier for Swahili-speaking health workers to provide evidence-based care and counseling to pregnant and breastfeeding women in their native language. The module on breastfeeding encourages women to use the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of family planning, supporting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy. Since its launch in June 2014, the Swahili health resources on Hesperian’s HealthWiki have received over 150,000 page views by nearly 60,000 users, while the Swahili language hub has attracted 1,300 page views from nearly 1,000 users.