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Looking for David Werner's extensive original four Reports from the Sierra Madre? These are longer writings from his first year in the Sierra Madre: 1966-67.

BOLETINES DE LA SIERRA MADRE EN ESPAÑOL. Estamos en proceso de traducir
todos. Aquí hay una LISTA DE LOS BOLETINES YA TRADUCIDOS. Pronto habrán más.

We are in the process of translating all the newsletters into Spanish. Click here for a list of translated newsletters. Soon there will be more.

 September 2019 NEW! Newsletter 85


Reports from the Sierra Madre -- Stories behind the health handbook Where There Is No Doctor


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David Werner and HealthWrights are very excited to announce the release of this new book, Reports from the Sierra Madre. This is the backstory, the real-time day-to-day journals and reports of what David experienced in the backcountry of Western Mexico, living and working side-by-side with the campesinos. Richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs as well as line drawings and sensitively painted images of birds, all by the author, this book is a must-read, both for those who have been involved in the health and disability programs that grew out of the experiences in this book, and also for those who have benefited from Where There Is No Doctor, and David’s other groundbreaking books...

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #85

March 2019 | Newsletter 84


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On a visit to Thailand in May 2017 – described in Newsletter #81 – one of the most groundbreaking innovations I witnessed was the so-called “Buddy Home Care” initiative, organized by the Health and Share Foundation (HSF). This newsletter provides an update on this promising initiative, originally initiated by a Japanese NGO called SHARE. Health and Share, like its parent organization SHARE, has a down-to-earth, egalitarian philosophy of “putting the last first.”...

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #84

April 2018| Newsletter 83


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Newsletter #83 is, in ways, a sequel of #82 about Habilítate Mazatlán, a modest service program run by disabled recovering drug-users. Among services provided, they build – out of old cardboard – custom-made special seating for disabled children. Here we describe a related challenge the group has taken on: crafting custom-molded cardboard cushions to help heal chronic pressure sores. We share this story because it conveys a great unmet potential. If more people and programs would make use of this low-cost handicraft, myriad dire complications and premature deaths from pressure sores could be prevented....

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #83

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January 2018 | Newsletter 82

DISABLED RECOVERING DRUG-ADDICTS UNITED: A new service program run by disabled recovering drug-users in Mexico

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IN MEXICO TODAY, widespread use of addictive drugs has become a major social and health problem, especially among youth. In this newsletter we discuss how extensive trafficking and consumption of drugs have created new challenges for the community health and disability programs we are involved with, and we describe a groundbreaking initiative run by and for disabled persons who got hooked on drugs and are now trying to stay off them by devoting their lives to assist others in need...

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #82

September 2017 — Newsletter 81

HEALTH SERVICES IN A LAND OF CONTRADICTIONS: Innovations in Thailand to meet health needs of the most vulnerable

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In May 2017 I was invited by Health and Share Foundation (HSF) in Thailand, and its parent organization, SHARE (based in Japan), to visit their innovative community outreach program in the Ubon-Rachathani province, on the Thai-Laos border. The purpose of my visit was to exchange ideas for “helping to enable the most vulnerable persons and groups” to better meet their pressing health-related needs.....

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #81

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December 2016 — Newsletter 80

Namesakes resulting from Where There is No Doctor

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What goes around comes around: Unexpected feedback on our books and activities - part 3. Since I first wrote and illustrated Where There is No Doctor in Spanish, in mountain villages of Western Mexico in the early 1970s, the book has been translated into at least 100 languages (that we know of), with more than three million copies in print. According to the the World Health Organization, it has become “the most widely used community health care handbook in the world.” We have received letters of appreciation from health workers and families in scores of different countries, often with stories of how they used the book to treat the sick, save lives, and take collective action to prevent disease. On a few occasions, families have been so pleased with the book, that they have named a new-born child after me. Here I give a couple of examples....

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Newsletter from-the Sierra Madre #80

August 2016 — Newsletter 79

Serendipitous Connections:

A boy with CMT muscular atrophy – same as me

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Three years ago, in 2013, I received an urgent email from a mother in Guadalajara, asking me if I knew anything about Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. She told me her son, Tomás – born in July, 2003 — had been diagnosed with “CMT,” a progressive neurological condition beginning in early childhood. At birth he’d seemed normal. But hadn’t begun to walk until he was two-years-seven-months old. When he finally started walking, he had a strange wobbly gait with poor balance and frequent falls. As he grew, the awkward gait gradually became more pronounced, with notable weakness in his feet and lower legs. Weakness in his hands and fingers likewise became apparent, causing difficulty with fine manual skills.



May 2016 | Newsletter 78

Visit to ARSOBO

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As planned, in mid-November, 2015, my friend Polo Ribota and I set off on the long drive from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, to Nogales, Sonora – on the U.S. border – to visit ARSOBO (acronym for ARizona SOnora Border), a workshop where disabled people make assistive devices for others with disabilities. Accompanying us was Tomás Magallanes, a young man with sequelae of polio, who was first brought to PROJIMO by his mother for braces when he was six year old. After he grew up he worked for several years in the wheelchair workshop in PROJIMO Duranguito. I hoped that ARSOBO would accept Tomás as an apprentice to improve his wheelchair-making skills and to learn some of the new techniques developed in this border program.



February 2016 Newsletter 77
From snakebite to children’s wheelchairs: Going full circle

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What goes around comes around: Unexpected feedback on our books and activities. When I first wrote Donde No Hay Doctor (the original Spanish edition of Where There is No Doctor) in the early 1970s, I didn’t dream the village healthcare handbook would ever be used outside the remote reaches of Mexico’s Sierra Madre, where the villagers and I had set up a backwoods health program. I never imagined the book would eventually be translated into more than 90 languages, or be acclaimed by the World Health Organization as “arguably the most widely used community healthcare manual in the world.” Over the years we’ve had some wonderful and unexpected feedback. In this newsletter I’d like to share examples of the kind of feedback we get, and relate how some of the ideas and methods we explored have been picked up and adapted in other places and circumstances. At times it seems like distant pieces of a puzzle, or segments of a circle, serendipitously falling together in weird and wondrous ways. The following example traces back all the way to my adolescence!

Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 77 — De picadura de serpiente hasta sillas de ruedas de niños: cerrando el círculo

May 2015 Newsletter 76
Making A One-Room Village School More Accessible
For a Nine-Year-Old with Muscular Dystrophy

Sinaloa, Mexico

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This newsletter -- an example of Child-to-Child in action -- tells the story of Tonio, a timid 9-year-old with muscular dystrophy, whom schoolchildren in Mexico encouraged to participate and be included. To help the boy reach the school more easily, the villagers built handrails for the steep steps. His classmates volunteered to shuttle him daily, in an ingenious “spidermobile,” over the rough trail to and from his home. This all-terrain wheelchair -- with 4 long arms, so that 6 or more children can push and pull it at once -- was created by disabled crafts-persons at the PROJIMO-Duranguito wheelchair shop which is supported by Healthwrights and is located not far from this Tonio's village.

Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 76 — Haciendo una escuela rural más accesible e inclusiva para un niño con distrofia muscular

Newsletter 75, Dec 2014
From Village Boy to Kind Eye Surgeon

Sinaloa, Mexico

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This year’s-end newsletter tells the story of a farm boy in México who, more than three decades ago, was helped by the local village health program in the Sierra Madre to continue his schooling. Along the way, he became a village health worker, then a doctor, and finally a gifted eye surgeon and professor of ophthalmology. But the best news is he never forgot his roots. He continues to reach out to disadvantaged people in need. Recently we sought his help for a blind child whom other specialists had essentially given up on.


Boletín 75, diciembre 2014

De Ser Un Niño Campesino Hasta Cirujano Ocular

Este boletín (#75) al fin del año 2014 se trata de la historia de un joven campesino en México que, hace más de tres décadas, fue ayudado por un programa de salud rural en la Sierra Madre para que él pudiera continuar sus estudios. En esta historia, el joven se convirtió en un trabajador de salud, y después un doctor, y, finalmente, en cirujano ocular y profesor de oftalmología. Pero lo más notable es que nunca olvidó sus raíces. Él continúa hoy día proporcionando servicios a las personas desfavorecidas. Recientemente le pedimos su ayuda para un niño ciego a quien otros especialistas efectivamente lo habían rechazado.

Newsletter 74, Sept 2014
Struggle for Health and Rights in South America's Southern Cone

Argentina, Chile

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In April of 2014 David Werner was asked to visit Chile and Argentina, the two countries that flank the imposing Cordillera de los Andes in South America’s "Southern Cone". His hosts were groups of occupational therapists and community doctors. This newsletter chronicles the visits and provides observations on the state of health, and environmental and economic wellbeing for the marginalized of the region.

Newsletter 73 - August 2014
Child-to-Child Workshops in Burkina Faso

David Werner was invited in February to visit and facilitate a Child-to-Child workshop in Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa. This newsletter is his report back. In addition he put together a photo documentary to accompany the newsletter.

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Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 73 — TALLERES DE NIÑO A NIÑO Hacer la Escolarización Más Inclusiva para Niños con Discapacidad y Más Propicio para Todos los Niños


Newsletter 72, from Cuenca, Ecuador.

This Newsletter is divided into two parts:
Part 1. "The Silence that Screams"--Wise writings of a boy who had no voice for 12 years.
Part 2. "The First Assembly of the People"s Health Movement-- Latin America, Oct. 2013

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Newsletter 71: October 2013 --English

Boletín 71: Octubre de 2013 - en español

Newsletter 70: December 2012 [HTML File]

  • Good News – and not so good news – from Bangladesh

Newsletter 69: January, 2012 [HTML File]

  • E. Timor - A land that faces many challenges.

Newsletter 68: August, 2011[PDF File - 8.1Mb]

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Newsletter 67: December, 2010 [PDF File - 5.5Mb]

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Link to Insert for NL 67

  • Children of the Moon - A Haven for Children of Sex Workers in Oaxaca, Mexico

Newsletter 66: April, 2010 [PDF file -1.32 Mb ] en Español

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  • The Evolution of Community Based Rehabilitation: Impressions of the 2nd Continental Congress on CBR
  • Theater of Liberation: The Voices of Suki
  • Feedback on workshops and evaluations facilitated in other countriesOutcome of the Congress on Community Based Rehabilitation in OaxacaEcuador—Feedback on a CBR Participatory Technology Workshop:
  • A message from Jeferson

Newsletter 65: December, 2009 [PDF file -656 Kb ]

Link to Insert for NL 65

  • Where There Is No Doctor in Japan
  • The Criminalization of Poverty
  • Breakdown of Safety Nets
  • Sex Workers and HIV
  • Japan’s grassroots movement to build a fairer healthier world:
    • Toru Honda: Promotion of community health and social justice
    • Congressman Ryuhei Kawada and Mika Tsutsumi:
    • Shoji Nakanishi and Yukiko Nakanishi: Founders of the Independent Living
    Movement in Japan
    • Yoshinori Ikesumi: Organizing a grassroots movment to demilitarize Japan
  • Help disabled people earn their living by teaching Spanish

Newsletter 64: June, 2009 [PDF file -1.32 Mb ] en Español

  • Hands-on Workshops with Disabled Children in Peru
    • Lima Workshop
    • Chimbote Workshop
    • Paper-based Technology

NL64 Insert (includes book order form, Spanish language course info, and info on disability workshops on CDs) [PDF file -153Kb]

Newsletter 63: December, 2008 [PDF file -1.2 Mb ] en Español

  • Remembering Marcelo
  • Workshops For and With Disabled Children in Colombia: A Slideshow Presentation by David Werner

Inserts for Newsletter 63: December 2008, include Book orders and PROJIMO Duranguito update and funding requests

NL63 Insert 1 (includes book order form) [PDF file - 144 K b]
NL63 Insert 2 (includes PROJIMO Duranguito update) [PDF file - 311 K b]

Newsletter 62: September, 2008 [PDF file -1.4 Mb ]

  • Workshops For and With Disabled Children in Colombia
  • Colombia’s Long History of Drugs, Violence and Displacement
  • A Disturbing Initial Finding
  • The Children of Medellín
  • The Children of Montería
  • The Children of Cerro Vidales
  • Pressure Sores from Inappropriate Seating
  • Why Do We See More Disabled Boys than Girls?
  • Building on What Was Learned
  • In Memoriam: Marcelo Acevedo
  • Announcing 2 New Publications
  • See Insert

Newsletter 61: April, 2008 [PDF file -882 Kb ]

  • “Health in Harmony”: A Program in Borneo that links Community and Environmental Health
  • The tsunami
  • Kinari picks my brain
  • Epidemiology: Unusual patterns of disease
  • Ecological Challenges: Rainforests and Peat swamps
  • Biofuels, Carbon Credits, and a search for Solutions
  • Visiting the Communities: Teaching and Learning
  • Payment for healthcare with eco-friendly work
  • Helping Ocu Walk
  • New Book: The Wondrous Toy Workshop (See Insert)

Newsletter 60: December, 2007 [PDF file -702 Kb ]

  • "Child-to-Child" with Disabled and Non-disabled Children in Michoacán, Mexico:
    An effort to make schooling more inclusive and enabling
  • Structure and Itinerary of the Workshop
  • Goals of the Child-to-Child Workshop
  • Hands On Practice
  • Discovering Innovative Ways to Include Disabled Children: “Community Diagnosis”
  • Slide Shows of Street Theater
  • Evaluation and Future Possibilities
  • Prospects of Child-to-Child in School System
  • PROJIMO Update (See Insert)

Insert for Newsletter 60: December 2007, includes PROJIMO Update and funding request [PDF file - 884 K b]

Newsletter 59: October, 2007 [PDF file -987 Kb ]

  • South Africa’s Uphill Battle for Equity and Health: Workshops facilitated with the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disability
  • Factors Aggravating Disability
  • Internalized Oppression and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Visits to Daycare and Rehab Centers
  • The Story of Frances
  • The Need for Simple Technological Creativity
  • The Three Workshops
  • Role Plays
  • Conclusions and Reflections

Newsletter 58: April, 2007 [PDF file -1.3 Mb ]

  • The Paradoxes of Educational Reform in Michoacan
  • The role of schools and teachers in building a Society For All
  • Child-to-Child
  • Integration of Disabled Children
  • “Museo de la Basura” (Garbage Museum) in Morelia
  • Choosing our Future

Newsletter 57: December, 2006 [PDF file - 930 Kb ]

  • Building Partnerships Beyond Borders: Empowering the Vulnerable
  • Partnerships for Empowerment in Occupational Therapy
  • Three Levels Of Partnership
  • Occupational Therapy Without Borders: Learning from the Spirit of Survivors
  • Update on Projimo
  • Projimo’s Influence on the Concept and Practice of Community Based Rehab
  • Is The Military Commissions Act a Window of Opportunity?
  • Two Groundbreaking Videos on Disability
    (Insert for Newsletter 57: December 2006, includes special announcements and funding requests [PDF file - 254 Kb])

Newsletter 56: April, 2006 [PDF file - 1.13 M b]

  • Honduras—New Damage from Old Wounds
  • A meeting with Landmine Victims
  • Landmines and the Contra War
  • Network of CBR Programs in Central America
  • Accomplishments and Challenges of CBR Initiative in Honduras
  • Standardized Equipment with Inappropriate or Harmful Designs
  • Common Problems with Children’s Wheelchairs
  • Katrina and Honduran Immigrants in the African-American South

    (Insert for Newsletter 56: April 2006, includes special announcements and funding requests [PDF file - 254 Kb])

Newsletter 55: December, 2005 [PDF file - 1.46 M b] en Español

  • Community Based Rehabilitation in Rural India
  • Seeking a Balance between Social and Technical Aspects of Rehabilitation
  • Problems and Concerns in India
    • Where have all the severely disabled children gone, and the girls?
    • Crutches, Parallel Bars
    • Tricycles, Wheelchairs, Special Seats
  • Examples from CBR Appropriate Technology Workshops
    • Toilets for David and Panasa
    • Whole Villages Disabled by Fluorosis
    • Sita-podium Design
    • Reflections on What it Means to be Disabled in India
  • PROJIMO Film Wins Awards

Insert for Newsletter 55: December 2005, includes special announcements and funding requests [PDF file - 68 K b]

Newsletter 53/54 Double Issue: July, 2005 [PDF file - 1.36 M b] en Español

  • Nicaragua—Hands On Workshops: Learning to make low-cost aids for disabled children
    • Successes and Challenges
    • Torsion Cables to Straighten Feet
    • Paper-based Technology
    • The Paradox of Professional Expertise
    • Appendix: Tools and Materials
  • Open Copyright for Health and for All
  • PROJIMO Update

Newsletter 52: December, 2004 [PDF file - 572 Kb] en Español

  • Cuba’s Pilot Project in Community Based Rehabilitation
    • What makes CBR more effective in Cuba?
    • Strengths and weaknesses of CBR home visits
    • Need for logical problem-solving skills
    • Making CBR more inclusive
    • What happened to Cerebral Palsy?
      Problem-solving with families—as equals
    • Help Cuba help its disabled persons
      help themselves
  • News from PROJIMO and HealthWrights

Newsletter 51: July, 2004 [PDF file - 306 Kb] en Español

  • Cuba's Creative Response to Hard Times
    • The Small Against the Mighty
    • Cuba's Amazing Health and Welfare Achievements
    • The Positive Outcomes of Hard Times
    • Consider Food and Water
    • Consider Medical Services and Biotechnology
    • Consider Population
    • Consider Community Health and "Power to the People"
    • What About AIDS in Cuba?
    • What We Could Learn from Cuba
  • Update on PROJIMO

Newsletter 50: December 2003[PDF file - 5.8 Mb]

  • Struggle for Social Justice and Fair Trade in Bolivia. David Werner in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Oct. 2003) writes about:.
    • High price of gas reduces health,
    • Tension with Chile
    • Does Bolivia have a free press?
    • Goni's gone. Now what?
    • “Bolivia: Two Worlds”
  • Politics of Health Knowledge Network Update
    New Topic: Humanizing Institutions
  • Update on PROJIMO

Newsletter 49: July 2003[PDF file - 1.02 Mb]

  • Life after Injury from Landmines -- in Colombia. David Werner tells of a consultancy in May 2003.
    • Training landmine amputees as community rehab workers
    • A hands-on workshop: making assistive devices for disabled children.
    • Examples of assistive technology designed and made for children in the Bogota workshop.
  • Update on PROJIMO

Newsletter 48: December 2002 [PDF file - 3.99 Mb]

  • Role of Disabled Persons in Overcoming Poverty in Andhra Pradesh, India.
      David Werner tells of a consultancy in Feb-Mar 2002.
    • In-depth analytic survey of disability needs in rural Ardhra Pradesh
    • Sangams or Self Help Groups, as an entry point to poverty reduction.
    • Disabled persons as healthworkers.

Newsletter 47: August 2002 [PDF file - 197 Kb]

  • Bad News and Good News from the Sierra Madre
    • The Ajoya Massacre
    • New Homes and New Life for the PROJIMO Projects
  • The PROJIMO Children's Wheelchair Making Program in Duranguito
  • Dutch volunteers help design a one-hand-drive wheelechair
  • Announcing the "Politics of Health Knowledge Network"
  • David Werner tells of a consultancy in February/March 2002 with the Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Program. Lack of adequate health care at the village level was a significant cause of both poverty and disability. The possibility arose for self help groups of disabled persons to play a central role in meeting health need ofd the whole commumity.

Newsletter 46: December 2001 [PDF file - 404 Kb]

  • The Changing Pattern of Health in Iran
    • Helping mothers solve domestic problems: The Cultural Houses of Isfahan
    • Combating Depresion and Suicide: School Girls' Reproductive Health Course in Semnam
    • "Health Scouts" in the schools of Isfahan.
    • Timeline of Iranian History
  • Crisis as a Doorway to Change, by Tim Mansfiel and David Werner
  • Book Review: "Tiger's Fall" by Molly Bang
  • Insert: Transitioning to Peace, by Jason Weston [PDF file - 34 Kb]

Newsletter 45: September 2001 [PDF file - 220 Kb]

  • Prospects for a "Livable Future" - Dream and Reality
  • The Smoking Gun: Evidence of Globalization's Negative Impact on Health
  • A hopeful future: Bringing health and conservation back together by Kevin Starr
  • A New Leg and the New Friends for the Professor

Newsletter 44: March 2001 [PDF file - 2 Mb]

  • LIBERATION FROM WHAT? A Critical Reflection on the People's Health Assembly, 2000
    • High Points of the PHA2000
    • Shortcomings
    • Follow-Up Action
  • Organizational Lessons Learned from the PHA2000
  • PEOPLE'S CHARTER FOR HEALTH, as amended and approved at the PHA2000
    [printable version]

Newsletter 43: November 2000 [PDF file - 5 Mb]

  • Global Ills and Popular Struggles in Ecuador
  • The Cuenca Regional Forum for Health of the People
    • The Indigenous Uprising
    • Illegal Migration to the US
    • Increased Violence and AIDS
    • Environmental Damage by Oil Companies
  • CBR Regional Training Course, in Quito
  • The Peoples Health Assembly (Update)

Newsletter 42: August 2000 [PDF file - 453 kb]

  • The Struggle For Human And Environmental Well-Being On The Coast Of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Update On Projimo
  • Update On The Peoples Health Assembly
  • New Paper by David Werner: On Poverty And Poor Health In The North
  • New Guidebook By Hans Husum On Emergency Care Of Land Mine Victims
  • New Video on Projimo by Charlotte Beyers: "Our Own Road" ("Nuestro Camino")

Newsletter 41: December 1999 [PDF file - 417 Kb]

  • From Dispossession to Self-Determination in Australia's Outback
    • Declaration of Reconciliation
    • "A Good Life for Disabled and Old People in Australia's Remote Communities"
  • Rescuing Rainforests and Flying Foxes on Australia's Cape York Peninsula
  • Update on Projimo
  • Projimo Update: Better Accessibility for Bus Travel
  • Update on the People's Health Assembly

Newsletter 40: May 1999 [PDF file - 1 Mb]

  • "Los Chavalitos" --A Unique Farm School in Rural Nicaragua: An Oasis of Learning in Balance with Nature
  • CHILD-to-child Regional Workshop in Nicaragua: Helping One Another in Times of Stress
  • Seats that Enable --Special Seating Seminar-Working in Culiacán, México
    • A seat to Enlarge the World of José
    • Juan de Dios --Riding Straight and Proud!
    • Encouraging Disabled Children in the Creative Process
  • The Enabling Education Network (EENET)
  • Plans for the People's Health Assembly in the Year 2000
  • News from Programs and How You Can Help!

Newsletter 39: December 1998 [PDF file - 565 Kb]

  • Projimo's Skills Training and Work Program Provides New Opportunities to Disabled and Jobless Youth
    • Children's Wheelchair Building Program
    • From Coffins to Dinning Sets--Projimo's Carpentry Program is off to a Good Start
    • Alejandro Apprentices in the Wheelchair Shop
  • Four Women with Spinal Cord Injuries: Their Different Mobility Needs
    • A Wheelchair Carriage for Rough Terrain
  • Update on the International People's Health Council (IPHC)
    • Alma Ata Revisited After 20 Years
  • Launching the Japanese Translation of Questioning The Solution

Newsletter 38: September 1998 [PDF file - 385 Kb]

  • Community Based Rehabilitation: Training Workshop at Projimo
  • Story from the Projimo Workshop: Helping Eli Become More Independent
  • A Seat to Help Daniela Gain Better Balance
  • Singapore and the Management on Long Term Disability
  • Building Bridges With Mentally Ill Persons
  • Update on the International People's Health Council (IPHC)
  • New Book: The New World Order: A Challenge to Health For All by the Year 2000

Newsletter 37: May 1998 [PDF file - 508 Kb]

  • Disability and Poverty in the Philippines: Efforts of Families to Cope
  • The Manila CBR Seminar Workshop
  • Story From the Philippines: Girls With Brittle-Bone Disease from Mindanao and Mexico become Pen Pals
  • Projimo Update: Better Accessibility for Bus Travel
  • News and Activities from the International People's Health Council:
    • A surge of Interest in the Effects of Globalization on Health: IPHC and Questioning the Solution Ahead of Their Time
    • The New World Order: A Challenge to Health for All by the Year 2000 (new IPHC publication)
  • Book Review: Questioning the Solution: Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival
  • Global Warning: Watch for MAI: More power to Multinationals, Less to the People

Newsletter 36: December 1997 [PDF file - 1.29 Mb]

  • Recreating Projimo to Meet Tougher Challenges
  • Part 1: The Recent Wave of Crime, Kidnappings, and Violence in the Sierra Madre
  • Part 2: Root Causes of the Crime Wave in Mexico and Elsewhere
  • Part 3: Projimo's Response to the Wave of Violence
  • Ways You Can Help Projimo's New Endeavors
  • Nothing About Us Without Us Excerpts: Ways to work
  • International People's Health Council, News and Activities
  • Increasing Public Interest in Our New Book, Questioning The Solution

Newsletter 35: October 1997 [PDF file - 492 Kb]

  • Striving for Balance: Health, Economics and the Natural World
  • Nothing About Us Without Us Excerpts
  • News and Activities of the International People's Health Council
  • Yoshi-A Health Educator Who has Adapted Paulo Freire's Methodology to Japan
  • Children in Cape Town Child-to-Child Initiative Provide an Update on their Activities
  • Examples of Yoshi Ikezumi's Collection of Discussion-Starting Drawings

Newsletter 34: December 1996 [PDF file - 1.31 Mb]

  • A Hands-on Learning Event in Brazil For Multipliers of Community-based Rehabilitation
  • New Video and Guidebook: Child-to-child: at the Roots of Health
  • A Forthcoming Book: Nothing about Us Without Us: Developing Innovative Technologies For, By, and with Disabled Persons
  • Using Spasticity for Independent Living
  • Four Children with Muscular Dystrophy Lead a Program For Disabled Children
  • Appropriate Paper-based Technology

Newsletter 33: July 1996 [PDF file - 1.21 Mb]

  • Sick of Violence: The Challenge for Child-to-child in South Africa
  • From Village Health Worker to Child-to-child Guru: Martin Reyes Makes Good
  • South Africa in Transition: Will the End of Apartheid Make Way for Social Justice?
  • The Rapid Spread of Aids in South Africa
  • The Globalization of Violence
  • Need for a Total Ban on Landmines
  • A Visit to Chile to Help Launch a New Book on the Struggle for Health and Dignity
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy: A Simple Life-saving Technology — or Another Way of Exploiting the Poor?
  • Our New Book about the Politics of Health and Child Survival

Newsletter 32: December 1995 [PDF file - 955 Kb]

  • Karate For Fun (And Therapy) For Children With Cerebral Palsy
  • Disabled People as Leaders in Meeting Their Own Needs
  • Update on Child-to-child For Disabled Children: Projimo, Mexico
  • Innovations By, With And For Spinal Cord Injured Persons in India
  • The Social, Ecological, Cultural And Political Costs of Economic Globalization
  • New Books Worth Reading
  • Three New Translations/adaptations of Disabled Village Children
  • A Call to Protest The Conservative Contract on America and its Children
  • The Politics of Suffering

Newsletter 31: May 1995 [PDF file - 441 Kb]

  • Classmates Help a Disabled Child Stay in School
  • The Hidden Costs of Free Trade: Mexico Bites the Bullet
  • Challenges of Transition for Disabled People in Russia
  • Humanity as Commodity: the Hidden Agenda of the World Summit for Social Development
  • The Copenhagen Alternative Declaration

Newsletter 30: December 1994 [PDF file - 448 Kb]

  • Bad Air, Weak Blood, and Domination: African Women Confront Their Biggest Threats to Health
  • News on Mexico
  • Save Our State (California): From Proposition 187
  • The World Bank: Turning Health into an Investment

Newsletter 29: June 1994 [PDF file - 729 Kb]

  • Viva Zapata! How the Uprising in Chiapas Revitalized the Struggle for Health in Sinaloa
  • Growth at All Costs: How current Global "Free Market" Policies Speed the Increase of the World's Population
  • Update on PROJIMO
  • Child-to-Child as a Transforming Educational Process

Newsletter 28: March 1993 [PDF file - 577Kb]

  • Disabled Children in the Slums of Nairobi
  • New Legs for Nomads Notes: A Visit to Cambodia by John Fago
  • A Story of Design Improvements in PROJIMO's Proshthetic Shop

Newsletter 27: December 1992 [PDF file - 475Kb]

  • Structural Adjustment of the Mexican Constitution
  • The "North American Free Trade Agreement"?What will it Mean for Los-Income Mexicans and Americans?
    • The US View
    • The Mexican View
      • Wreaking havoc on Mexican Agriculture
    • The Concerns of American Workers
    • Environmental and health Consequences
    • Learning from Past Mistakes: Canada
    • A Viable Alternative?
      • Correcting Existing Inequalities
      • The Need for a Health and Social Charter
    • Resources on NAFTA
  • New Legs for Nomads Notes: A Visit to Cuba

Newsletter 26: April 1992 [PDF file - 638Kb]

  • Captured by the Free Market: A Visit to the New Nicaragua
  • Child-to-child: A Challenge for Children, Health Workers, and Activists
  • The High Cost to Children of Nicaragua's Change in Government
  • Situation Desperate and Getting Worse: An Update on Events in Nicaragua, by Susan Browne
  • Letters to the Editor

Newsletter 25: December 1991 [PDF file - 695Kb]

An update on recent developments at Project PROJIMO, featuring:

  • its evolution from a program for disabled children into one for spinal cord injured young adults, many of whom come from Mexico’s growing subculture of drugs, alcohol, and violence.
  • its continuing internal quest for equal rights and democracy.

Newsletter 24: June 1991 [PDF file - 417Kb]

  • Egypt: Another Approaching Stom on the Desert
  • Egypt's Health Care Crisis
  • Schooling in Egypt: a war against the poor
  • Egypt's diarrhea control program: a "success story" headed for disaster
  • Backlash of the "Green Revolution" and Western "Development"
  • Happy Birthday and Thank You Trude

Newsletter 23: March 1991 [PDF file - 501Kb]

  • Where People's Health Depends on Human Rights: Observations from a Journey to the Middle East
  • The West Bank and Gaza Strip: Where Self-Determination is Forged by Repression
  • What Determines US Policy in the Middle East? The Role of Powerful Economic Interests and PACs

Newsletter 22: December 1990 [PDF file - 353Kb]

  • Conchita's Story
  • Visit to Angola: Where Civilians are Disabled as a Tactic of Low-Intensity Conflict
  • From Heads to TOES: The Other Economic Summit
  • The Third World in Crises: Excerpts from an Interview with Medea Benjamin

Newsletter 21: July 1990 [PDF file - 310Kb]

  • Report from the Philippines: Susan Klein's educational interchange on midwifery
  • Nicaragua: What does the Election Mean? by Steve Babb
  • Health Care in Nicaragua: Gains of the Revolution in Jeopardy
  • Update on Human Rights Abuses in Mexico Resulting from the "War on Drugs" by David Werner

Newsletter 20: December 1989 [PDF file - 361Kb]

  • Marcelo and Luis: The story of a unique friendship of two disabled youth
  • Community-Based vs. Home-Based Rehabilitation
  • News from the Mexico Projects--Roberto Fajardo's Report on Piaxtla: Farmworkers Grow Dry-Season Crop
  • "War on Drugs" Leads to Human Rights Abuses in Mexican Village
  • Health for No One by the Year 2000: The Hight Cost of Placing 'National Security' Before Global Justice
  • Ralf Hotchkiss Named MacArthur Fellow

Newsletter 19: September 1988 [PDF file - 379Kb]

  • The Yellow Bulldozer or Some Good Things Are Happening in South Africa
  • Parallels between South Africa's destabilization tactics in Southern Africa and U.S. intervention in Central America
  • The impact of the South Africa-supported 'Low-Intensity War' (Terrorism) in Mozambique
  • NAMDA's Stand against Apartheid
  • Inequalities of South African Life
  • Update on the Role of the U.S. Government in International Drug Trafficking
  • Rehabilitating Consciousness: A review of Disabled Village Children

Newsletter 18: October 1987 [PDF file - 214Kb]

  • From Trees of Blood to Traffic of Drugs
  • The Beginning of the End for One Village Family
  • The Effects of Drug Growing on the Mountain People
  • A Drug Lord's Revenge
  • Health Workers Falsely Jailed
  • Pervasiveness of Drug Related Corruption
  • Ambiguous Position of U.S. on Drug Trafficking
  • A Global Approach to Solving the Drug Problem

Newsletter 17: May 1987 [PDF File- 576Kb]

  • Lupe, The Wildcat
  • Announcing: Disabled Village Children
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy in Mozambique
  • Project Piaxtla Update

Newsletter 16: July 1985 [PDF File- 335Kb]

  • Mari
  • Health and Rehabilitation from the Bottom Up
  • Project PROJIMO
  • News from Project Piaxtla
  • News from the Hesperian Foundation
  • Become a PROJIMO Sponsor
  • Needs for Assistance
  • Requests for Donations to Start a Revolving Fund for Independent Income Generation
  • Why We Publish Our Own Books

Newsletter 15: the PROJIMO Booklet

Newsletter 14: January 1982 [PDF File- 335Kb]

  • Women Unite to Overcome Drunkeness
  • A New Book for Instructors of Health Care Workers: One that links health, education, and social action--Helping Health Wokers Learn
  • New Developments Since the last Newsletter (1979)
    • Educational Exchanges among Community-based Programs:
    • Visits by Piaxtla Leaders Outside Latin America
    • Prospects for a Unique Rehabilitation Program in Ajoya
  • After Hurricane Norma: Help Needed to Revive the Cooperative Corn Bank

Newsletter 13: February 1979 [HTML File- 27Kb]

  • Project Piaxtla's Independence
  • Child-to-Child and the International Year of the Child

Newsletter 12: January 1977 [HTML File- 13Kb]

  • Update on Piaxtla and Self Sufficiency
  • Community-based Rural Health Programs in Central America
  • Update on Donde No Hay Doctor and Where There Is No Doctor

Newsletter 11: April 1976 [HTML File- 27Kb]

  • The Place
  • The Building
  • Teresa -- La Doctora Donde No Hay Doctor
  • The Consultas
  • The Vaccines
  • The Bad Year

Newsletter 10: April 1975 [HTML File- 120Kb]

  • Primary Health Care and the Temptation of Excellence
  • The Ajoya School of Boondock Medicine
  • The Needle, The Spoon
  • What we learned from María

Newsletter 9: April 1974 [HTML File- 61Kb]

  • The Saga of the Supermule
  • The "Wine" that Turns to Blood
  • Christmas '73
  • Epilogue to the Saga of Supermule -or- Confessions of a Teetotaler
  • Twins
  • Response to Donde No Hay Doctor

Newsletter 8: January 1973 [HTML File- 59Kb]

  • Kent Benedict Reports
  • Dawn in Ajoya
  • The El Zopilote Diary
  • The Clinic of El Potrero
  • The Children of Ramiro Arriola

Newsletter 7: December 1971 [PDF File- 87Kb]

  • Deluge
  • After the Flood: The Reckoning
  • Juan
  • They Don't Sting When They're Wet

Newsletter 6: September 1971 [PDF File- 51Kb]

Newsletter 5: October 1970[HTML File- 52Kb]

  • All it Took was Heart
  • Medical Personnel from the States
  • Dumb Dumb
  • The Dental Program
  • Ecological Problems in the Barrancas
  • High Protein Corn
  • Education

Newsletter 4: December 1969 [HTML File- 46Kb]

  • The Huricane
  • The Water System
  • New Staff
  • El Zopilote
  • Education: Progress and Problems

Newsletter 3: Missing. If you have this, please contact us.

Newsletter 2: September 1968 [HTML File- 29Kb]

Newsletter 1: September 1967 [HTML File- 36Kb]


Before the Newsletter from the Seirra Madre, David Werner issued four lenghty Reports from the Sierra Madre. They appear here in their entirety.

Report #4: 1967 [HTML File 266Kb]

Report #3: 1966 [HTML File 257Kb]

Report #2: 1966 [HTML File 136Kb]

Report #1: 1966 [HTML File 352Kb]