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Empowerment of those in need: For many years HealthWrights (Workgroup for People’s Health and Rights) has helped promote the well-being and inclusion of people and groups who are marginalized, denigrated, or not given a fair chance. Through personal involvement in such people’s lives and communities, we have developed and easy-to-understand health and disabilityrelated
educational materials, some of which have had worldwide impact. In addition to providing critically important information to millions of people, these materials have had a major influence on the concept and practice of Primary Health Care, Community Based Rehabilitation, and other global strategies now promoted by WHO and UNICEF – helping to make them more participatory, more empowering, and more committed to changing the underlying socio-political determinants of health.
Scaling up of enabling methods and materials: Having been immersed in small grassroots health and disability initiatives for decades, we at HealthWrights are now focusing on disseminating our experiences and resources. We have been facilitating handson workshops in many countries, and are producing new tools of communication, such as educational videos and DVDs. We are digitalizing the sets of teaching slides we developed earlier, so as to greatly reduce the costs of distribution. Likewise, all our books and learning material have an “Open Copyright Policy” allowing anyone to freely copy, translate, or adapt them.
Renovated websites: With the help of dedicated volunteers, HealthWrights has just redesigned and updated our Politics of Health website (www.politicsofhealth.org), making it more attractive, searchable, and interactive. We invite all of you concerned for the long-term health and survival of humanity and life on the planet to explore our site, and to take action. This website has also been renovated and all our books are are now freely accessible online, as are our newsletters, which can now be searched by topic.
Growing needs in hard times: In these difficult times, HealthWrights and the community programs it collaborates with in Mexico are having a hard time making ends meet. The recession – with deepening poverty, joblessness, and hunger – has hit the poor in Mexico much harder than in the US. High costs of medical care devastates many families.