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Our mission is to provide free medical/healthcare information — with a primary focus on children’s health — for anyone, anywhere, anytime. We aim to create, distribute, and compile information that is free, is relevant worldwide, prioritizes affordable and effective healthcare solutions, and is non-commercial. Our long-term goal is to create sustainable improvement in healthcare by helping people help themselves.
Disclaimer: These publications are for informational purposes only and are not appropriate or complete replacements for professional medical diagnosis. HELP and the original publishers assume no liability for actions performed as a result of these titles.

What is the story of Global HELP?

After experiencing the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Drs. Lynn and Lana Staheli came to the conclusion that the best way to deal with conflict in the world was to address the underlying causes. While recognizing that the origins of terrorism are complex and multiple, the Stahelis believed the fundamental causes included poverty, despair, and poor health care. Improving health would lead to a more peaceful world, they concluded, and improving health requires access to healthcare information.
 
Given their backgrounds in medicine, academia, and publishing, providing access to health-education resources seemed a logical and powerful way to give something back. This spawned the idea for Global HELP (Health Education using Low-cost Publications): the creation, distribution and broad access to affordable health-education materials.
 
While teaching in numerous countries, the Stahelis witnessed first-hand the need for information sharing in the medical world. Traditional sources of healthcare information in journals and medical books that are traditionally produced in the United States and Europe were unaffordable and sometimes unsuitable in other areas of the world. They saw whole hospitals whose entire medical libraries did not fill a single bookshelf.
 
How could this healthcare information gap be closed in other countries at an affordable cost or for free? Based on the Stahelis’ personal experience in creating computer-generated textbooks, digital publications looked like an excellent solution. Digital publications are generally created at low cost and can be distributed without charge on the web or at a nominal cost in print or on compact discs.
 
In 2002, the Stahelis put the vision into action and created Global HELP, a not-for-profit organization.
 
Ever since, Global HELP has expanded its selection of free and low-cost publications — focused primarily on its website for PDF downloads and medical educational videos — finding different ways to distribute medical information to new countries and new people every day.

How did HELP develop?

In 2002, HELP developed its basic philosophy and mission. The organization’s infrastructure — including its legal entity status, trademark, boards and business plan — was built in 2003.
 
During this time, the Founding Board was created. The members of the Board volunteered their service and provided the funds that covered the operating expenses of the organization. This meant that all contributions from non-Board members were used to create and distribute publications, a model that remains to this day.
 
The Founding Board included Lynn and Lana Staheli, Susan Elliott, Lars Jonsson and Paul Merriman. Since the beginning, Lynn Staheli has served as the unpaid Executive Director of the organization.

What has HELP accomplished?

Over the past decade, Global HELP has provided 90 free publications, some of which have been translated into 35 languages, with new publications added all the time. More than 10 million PDF publications have been downloaded from our website to individuals in more than 150 countries. In addition, 30,000 printed publications have been distributed in more than 60 countries.

How is HELP funded?

Overhead expenses are covered by contributions from Board members. Donations received from non-Board members are used entirely for developing publications and for free distribution of this material from our website. Printed material or DVD libraries are available at the cost of production and shipping. HELP makes no profit from these materials.

Are HELP publications free?

Access and use of all PDF material on the web-site is free. Physical material such as books, posters, and DVD-Rom Libraries are available for free for use in developing countries for only the cost of mailing. A donation to HELP is requested.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

All donations are tax-deductible. HELP is officially registered as a not-for-profit entity with 501(c)3 status within the United States.

May HELP material be copied?

Yes. Unless otherwise stated, our objective is the widespread distribution of healthcare material. Copying the material is authorized for non-profit purposes only. Any “for profit” purpose is strictly forbidden and considered illegal.

Boards & Staff

HELP thanks all those who have served in the past, as well as its current staff, which continues to grow.

HELP Board Of Directors

 

International Consulting Board

Staff and Consultants

Mariana Bueno: Video Editor
Dean Carlson: Manager/Webmaster
Brad Chrisman: Public Relations Consultant
Deborah Cughan: Projects Designer
Christy Dawson : Accountant
Brita Ness : Creative Projects
Aaron Rutten: Design Consultant

Friends Of Global HELP

AACPDM
American Academy For Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine
www.aacpdm.org
 
AAOS
American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons
www.aaos.org
 
ACPOC
Association Of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics
www.acpoc.org
 
ACS
American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org
 
Africa Health Placements
A Not-For-Profit Project Placing Doctors In Rural Hospitals In Sub-Saharan Africa
www.ahp.org.za
 
Alfred I. duPont Hospital For Children
A Division Of Nemours, One Of The Nation’s Largest Pediatric Health Systems
www.nemours.org
 
Amedeo
The Medical Literature Guide
www.amedeo.com
 
AO Surgery Reference
Hundreds Of Surgical Procedures Explained Step-By-Step For Free
www.aosurgery.org
 
BioMedSearch
A Free & Comprehensive Biomedical Literature Search Database
www.biomedsearch.com
 
Bounce
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life, Change The World
www.bouncebetransformed.org
 
Clay For Earth
Dedicated To Making Valuable Practical Solutions More Easily Accessible To The World
www.clayforearth.org
 
Clubfoot Arabia
An Arabic Web-Site Designed By A Mother Of A Child Born With Bilateral Clubfeet Treated By The Ponseti Method, All Of Which Written In Arabic And Whose Information Has Been Approved By The Ponseti Committee In Saudi Arabia As Well As Dr. Ponseti & Dr. Morcuende
www.clubfootarabia.com
 
COEDN
Children’s Orthopedics Education for Developing Nations
www.coedn.org
 
CRDF Global
U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation
www.crdf.org
 
Easter Seal Society
Helping People With Disabilities Gain Greater Independence
www.easterseals.com
 
eMedicine
More Than 28,000 Multimedia Files & Articles On Over 6,500 Topics From Thousands Of Attributed Physicians.
emedicine.medscape.com
 
EPOS
European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society
www.epos.efort.org
 
Foundation For Professional Development
A South African Health Sector Educational & Development Organization
www.foundation.co.za
 
FreeBooks4Doctors
Promoting Free Access To Medical Books
www.freebooks4doctors.com
 
Fundacion Hospital De Pediatria Garrahan
El Mundo Puede Iluminarse Por Solidaridad
www.fundaciongarrahan.org.ar
 
George Washington University’s Healthcare Programs
Online Programs Spanning Different Specializations In Public Health & Emergency Services
healthsciencesprograms.online.gwu.edu
 
Global Text Project
A Non-Profit Project To Create Open, Freely Available, Electronic Textbooks
globaltext.terry.uga.edu
 
Healthline
Online Medical Resource Featuring A Section On Rheumatoid Arthritis Issues, Symptoms, Illustrations, Treatment, & More
www.healthline.com/channel/rheumatoid-arthritis.html
 
Health Volunteers Overseas
Improving Global Health Through Education
www.hvousa.org
 
Hesperian Organization
Publishing For Community Health & Empowerment
www.hesperian.org
 
Hospital De Pediatria Garrahan
S.A.M.I.C.
www.garrahan.gov.ar
 
Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre For Disabled Children
Enabling Abilities
www.hrdcnepal.org
 
ICRC
International Committee Of The Red Cross
www.icrc.org
 
Indian Cerebral Palsy
An Extensive, Free Resource For Parents & Health Professionals Who Together Want To Understand More About Cerebral Palsy
www.indiancerebralpalsy.com
 
IVSL
Iraqi Virtual Science Library
www.ivsl.org
 
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publisher Of A Comprehensive Line Of Health-Science Books & New Media
www.lww.com
 
Lithuanian Clubfoot Club
Russian Version Of The LCC
www.kosolapost-ponseti.ru
 
Medical Books From Elsevier Health
Offering The Largest, Most Trusted Selection Of Print/Electronic Medical Books & References In The World, Including Texts On Anatomy, Nursing, Radiology, Veterinary, & More.
www.us.elsevierhealth.com
 
Medical Peace Work
Free Online Courses, Textbooks, & Collections Of Teaching Resources For Medical Peace Education
www.medicalpeacework.org
 
Medical Procedures By Procedures Consult
High-Quality Video, Step-By-Step Text & Illustrations For Top Medical Procedures
www.proceduresconsult.com/medical-procedures/
 
MHE Research Foundation
Dedicated To The Support Of Researchers, Physicians, & Families Dealing With Multiple Hereditary Exostoses Syndrome/Multiple Osteochondroma Syndrome
www.mheresearchfoundation.org
 
Miraclefeet
Treating Clubfoot One Step At A Time
www.miraclefeet.org
 
National Academies Press
Advisors To The Nation On Science, Engineering, & Medicine
www.nap.edu
 
National Institutes Of Health
U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services
health.nih.gov
 
Operation Walk Virgina
Helping Those Who Suffer From Joint Disease Walk Again
www.opwalkvirginia.org
 
Orthopaedic Principles
Integrating Principles & Evidence
www.orthopaedicprinciples.com
 
Pan Arab Journal Of Orthopaedics & Trauma
Free Articles, Archived Issues, Useful Links, & More
www.pajot.eg.net
 
Ponseti International Association
Promoting The Ponseti Method & Other Best Practices For Clubfoot Treatment
www.ponseti.info
 
POSNA
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society Of North America
www.posna.org
 
Prosthetics Outreach Foundation [Currently Down]
Helping The Developing World Walk Again
www.pofsea.org
 
Rare Bone Disease Patient Network [Currently Down]
Rare Bone Disease Patient Organizations Joining Together To Expand Bone-Related Awareness, Research, & Advocacy
www.rarebonedisease.org
 
ReSurge International
Reconstructive Surgery For The World’s Poor Since 1969′
www.resurge.org
 
SCHOT
Sociedad Chilena de Ortopedía y Traumatología
www.schot.cl
 
Seattle Children’s Hospital
One Of The Top Ten Children’s Hospitals In The United States
www.seattlechildrens.org
 
SICOT
International Society Of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology
www.sicot.org
 
Sign Fracture Care International
Equality In Fracture Care
www.signfracturecare.org
 
SLAOTI
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Ortopedia Y Traumatologia Infantil
www.slaoti.org
 
Snowdrop
A Community For Helping Children Who Have Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Dyspraxia, & Many Other Developmental Disabilities
www.snowdrop.cc
 
Steps
Supporting Those Affected By Lower Limb Conditions
www.steps-charity.org.uk
 
Supercourse
A Repository Of Lectures On Global Health & Prevention Designed To Improve The Teaching Of Prevention
www.pitt.edu
 
TAG [The Arthrogryposis Group]
A U.K.-Based Organization Offering Contact, Information, & Support To People With Arthrogryposis And Those Involved In Their Care
www.tagonline.org.uk
 
TALC
Teaching-Aids At Low Cost
www.talcuk.org
 
Techniques In Orthopaedics
Journal Of Orthopaedic Surgery In The Developing World
www.techortho.com
 
Tulane School Of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
A Global Commitment To Public Health
www.sph.tulane.edu
 
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Culturual Organization
www.unesco.org
 
Whirlwind Wheelchair International
Wheelchairs For Production & Use In Developing Countries
www.whirlwindwheelchair.org
 
WHO
World Health Organization
www.who.int
 
World Ortho
Over 3,000 Pictures, Quizzes, Online Books, & Podcasts For Medical Students, Junior Doctors, Registrars, Paramedics, & Other Health Professionals
www.worldortho.com
 
World Orthopaedic Concern International
An International Society For Orthopaedic Education & Care In Developing Countries
www.worldorthopedicconcern.org