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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.

Newsletter 85 | September 2019

Announcing a New Book by David Werner: Reports from the Sierra Madre

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The cover of David Werner’s new book.

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… See also a special request for electric wheelchairs. (continue reading) 

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Newsletter 84 | March 2019

Inclusion of the Most Excluded: ‘The Power of String’

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.”… (continue reading)

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Newsletter 83 | April 2018

Cardboard Cussions Help Heal Stubborn Pressure-Sores

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…. (continue reading)


Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 83 — Los cojines de cartón ayudan a curar las llagas de presión persistentes

El Boletín #83 es, en cierto modo, sigue del Boletín #82 sobre Habilítate Mazatlán, un modesto programa de servicios dirigido por personas con discapacidad recuperándose del uso de drogas. Entre los servicios prestados, construyen con cartón viejo, asientos especiales a medida para niños con discapacidad. Aquí describimos un desafío relacionado que el grupo ha asumido: fabricar cojines de cartón moldeados a medida para ayudar a curar las úlceras por presión crónica. …. Compartimos esta historia porque transmite un gran potencial insatisfecho. Si más personas y programas hicieran uso de esta artesanía de bajo costo, se podrían prevenir innumerables complicaciones graves y muertes prematuras por las escaras. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 82 | January 2018

Disabled Recovering Drug-Addicts United: A New Service Program Run by Disabled Recovering Drug-Users in Mexico

The most positive outcome of the Child-to-Child experience was the camaraderie and playful exchange between the schoolchildren and the disabled members of the Habilítate team.

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… (continue reading)


Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 82 Discapacitados adictos-en-recuperación se unen

Actualmente en México, el excesivo uso de drogas adictivas se ha convertido en un enorme problema social y de salud, especialmente entre los jóvenes. En este boletín discutiremos cómo el tráfico y consumo extenso de drogas han creado nuevos desafíos para los programas comunitarios de salud y discapacidad, y describiremos una iniciativa innovadora dirigida por y para personas discapacitadas que en algún momento se engancharon a las drogas y ahora intentan mantenerse alejados de ellas dedicando sus vidas a ayudar a aquellos que lo necesitan. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 81 | August 2017

Health Services in a Land of Contradictions: Innovations in Thailand to Meet Health Needs of the Most Vulnerable

David Werner giving a framed copy of a drawing of the Yin-Yang symbol with the words, ‘FROM WEAKNESS STRENGTH, FROM STRUGGLE PEACE.’

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….. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 80 | December 2016

Namesakes resulting from Where There is No Doctor

Werner Obeníel holding the tattered but treasured copy of Donde No Hay Doctor, which had belonged to his father, back in 1980.

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…. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 79 | August 2016

Serendipitous Connections: A Boy with CMT Muscular Atrophy – Same As Me

Tomás Lopez

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. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 78 | May 2016

Visit to ARSOBO

As a child, leg-braces were made for Tomás at PROJIMO by Armando, who like Tomás was disabled by polio. The boy decided he too wanted to be a rehab worker when he grew up – and now is one.

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. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 77 | February 2016

From Snakebite to Children’s Wheelchairs: Going Full Circle

After I was bit by the rattler, I tended to handle such snakes with more caution – as was the case with red rattlesnake here at Pacific High School.

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! (continue reading)


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

Cuando por primera vez escribí Donde No Hay Doctor a principios de los años 70, nunca pensé que ese manual para la atención primaria de la salud iba a ser usado fuera de los rumbos remotos de la Sierra Madre, en México, dónde los campesinos y yo habíamos establecido un programa de salud en el campo. De hecho, lo empecé a escribir en el español local, con sus toques indígenas y mestizos en algunas palabras. (Ese era el único español que sabía, ya que nunca lo estudié en la escuela). Nunca imaginé que el libro terminaría siendo traducido a más de 90 idiomas, o siendo aclamado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud como “posiblemente el manual de cuidado de la salud en la comunidad más usado del mundo.” (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 76 | May 2015

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

Raymundo, in the PROJIMO Duranguito workshop, working on the wheelchair carriage for Tonio.

(Sinaloa, Mexico) 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. (continue reading)


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

Al igual que muchos niños con discapacidades congénitas en las zonas rurales de México, Juan Antonio – o “Tonio” para abreviar – fue adoptado y criado por sus abuelos, que viven en un pueblito llamado El Tablón # 2, al sur de Mazatlán, México. Como a los tres años de edad, Tonio empezó a mostrar signos de debilidad física, sobre todo en las piernas. Tropezaba y se caía con frecuencia, y tenía dificultad para levantarse del piso y subir escalones. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 75 | December 2014

From Village Boy to Kind Eye Surgeon

The core of the village health team, mid 1970s. Miguel Angel is in the center with hand on David’s shoulder.

(Sinaloa, Mexico) 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. (continue reading)


Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 75 — 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. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 74 | September 2014

Struggle for Health and Rights in South America’s Southern Cone

The inspiration behind the Centro came from a woman named Norma, who had 3 disabled children.

(Argentina, Chile) 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. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 73 | August 2014

Child-to-Child Workshops in Burkina Faso

(Burkino Faso) In February 2014 David Werner visited Burkina Faso, West Africa, at the invitation of the Dutch NGO, Light for the World–the Netherlands. He was asked to exchange experiences in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and to facilitate workshops, using the Child-to-Child approach, to promote “educational inclusion.” The objective was to explore ways to make schooling more accessible, friendlier, and more helpful to children with disabilities– while at the same time making public education more relevant and empowering for all children. (continue reading)

See also this photo documentary of David’s visit.

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Newsletter 72 | March 2014

“The Silence That Screams”: Wise Writings of a Boy Who had No Voice for 12 Years

Matias has written an inspiring book about his life and his world, called El Silencio que grita (The Silence that Screams).

(Cuenca, Ecuador) Given this overarching theme of “inclusion for all,” for many of us at “The First Assembly of the People’s Health Movement,” one of the most inspiring sessions was the launching of a unique little book, titled El Silencio que Grita (The Silence that Screams). This eye-opening event brought the dream of inclusion for all down from the ideological cloud ­world to the day-to-day struggle of one disabled boy to have a voice, and thereby to gain freedom from the “unspeakable” exclusion within which he lived for the first 12 years of his childhood. Yet when this child finally found a voice, the uncanny wisdom and far­ reaching insight expressed in his writing fit intimately into eco­humanistic motif of the Assembly. (continue reading)

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

Boletín de la Sierra Madre #72 — “El silencio que grita”: Escritos Sabios de un Niño que no Tuvo voz Durante 12 Años

Dado este tema general de “inclusión para todos”, para muchos de nosotros en la Conferencia de Cuenca, una de las sesiones más inspiradoras fue el lanzamiento de un librito único, titulado “El Silencio que Grita”. Este evento revelador trajo el sueño de inclusión para todos desde el mundo nuboso e ideológico a la lucha diaria de un niño con discapacidad para tener una voz, y por lo tanto para liberarse de la exclusión “indescriptible” en la que vivió durante los primeros 12 años de su infancia. Sin embargo, cuando este niño finalmente encontró una voz, la extraña sabiduría y la perspicacia de gran alcance expresada en su escritura encaja íntimamente en el motivo eco-humanista de la Asamblea. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 71 | October 2013

A 7-year-old with Spina Bifida Discovers New Life

Miguel Angel Leon was born with spinabifida.

We tell the inspiring story of a disabled child and his rehabilitation at the PROJIMO Duranguito wheelchair workshop. Affiliated with HealthWrights, this small community-based program — run by disabled villagers — is located in the village of Duranguito, 70 kilometers north of Mazatlan, in Sinaloa, Mexico. The team is dedicated to designing and building wheelchairs to meet the individual needs of disabled children. They evaluate each child individually, and build up to 300 custom-made wheelchairs and other assistive devices per year. In this case, however, they have taken on responsibility for this child’s full range of rehab needs — both physical and social. For although the boy has a difficult background and an especially challenging disability, he has big dreams and lots of potential. (continue reading)

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Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 71 — Un Niño de 7 Años de Edad con Espina Bífida Descubre una Nueva Vida

Les contaremos la inspiradora historia de un niño con discapacidad y su rehabilitación en el Taller desillas de ruedas de PROJIMO Duranguito. Afiliado a HealthWrights, este pequeño programa basado en la comunidad – a cargo de campesinos discapacitados – se encuentra en el poblado de Duranguito, ubicado a 70 kilómetros al norte de Mazatlán, en Sinaloa, México. El equipo se dedica al diseño y la construcción de sillas de ruedas para satisfacer las necesidades individuales de niños con discapacidad. Evalúan cada niño de manera personal, y han llegado a construir al año hasta 300 equipos especiales y sillas de ruedas a la medida que cubren necesidades específicas de cada niño. En este caso, sin embargo, han asumido la responsabilidad de este niño quien tiene enormes necesidades de rehabilitación – tanto en el ámbito físico como en el social. Pues, aunque el chico tieneuna historia de vida difícil y una desafiante discapacidad, tiene grandes sueños y bastante potencial. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 70 | December 2012

Good News – and not so good news – from Bangladesh

To provide trainees with practice and then jobs, GK runs a number of productive workshops and small factories.

In February, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the 40th Anniversary of Gonoshasthaya Kendra (The People’s Health Center) in Savar, Bangladesh. “GK,” as it is commonly called, grew out of the 1971 War of Liberation when the people of East Pakistan struggled for autonomy from West Pakistan. At that time Zafrullah Chowdhury, a young doctor who headed a medical brigade in the war, became concerned about the enormous unmet medical needs of his country’s impoverished majority, especially in the rural area. At the end of the war, Zafrullah and a few fellow doctors and nurses started a small “field hospital” in tents along the roadside in Savar, a village northwest of Dhaka. Over the next four decades, from this modest beginning has grown one of the largest and most transformative health and enablement programs in Bangladesh. (continue reading)

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Newsletter 69 | January, 2012

East Timor: The Challenge for Human, Environmental and Political Health

Women and children waiting at a SISCa health gathering.

When I was invited to Timor-Leste this last November to share experiences in Primary Health Care, I jumped at the chance. I have long admired the Timorese people’s resolute struggle for liberation against overwhelming odds. At the same time, as a US citizen, I had a sense of shame at the role of the United States in supporting Indonesia’s brutal occupation of Timor-Leste from the mid-1970s through the 1990s: a crime against humanity that cannot be easily forgotten or forgiven. For this reason I deeply appreciated the warmth and good will with which people in Timor received me. (continue reading)


Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 69 — Timor Oriental: el Desafío para la Salud Humana, Ambiental y Política

Cuando me invitaron a Timor-Leste en noviembre pasado para compartir experiencias en Atención Primaria de Salud, aproveché la oportunidad. Durante mucho tiempo he admirado la lucha decidida del pueblo timorense por la liberación contra viento y marea. Al mismo tiempo, como ciudadano estadounidense, sentí vergüenza por el papel de los Estados Unidos en el apoyo a la brutal ocupación de Timor-Leste por parte de Indonesia desde mediados de los años setenta hasta los años noventa: un crimen contra la humanidad que no se puede olvidar o perdonar fácilmente. Por esta razón, aprecié profundamente la calidez y la buena voluntad con que me recibieron las personas en Timor. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 68 | August 2011

Rigo Delgado’s Story: a Disabled Activist’s Daring Work in Disability Rights

Rigo with kids in his Child-to-Child project.

When Rigoberto Delgado first arrived at PROJIMO in 2002 his hopes for the future were dismal. A few months before, at age 24, a car accident had left him quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down) for life. Rigo had heard about PROJIMO – a community rehabilitation program run by disabled villagers in the town of Coyotitan, Sinaloa, Mexico – and decided to go there as a last resort. Fortunately for Rigo, the person who took primary responsibility for his rehabilitation when he was first at PROJIMO was Julio Leyva, who like Rigo was quadriplegic. During the 9 years that Rigo worked at PROJIMO he became an increasingly important member of the team. (continue reading)

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Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 68 — La Historia de Rigo Delgado — El trabajo audaz de un activista con discapacidad por los derechos de personas con discapacidad

Cuando Rigoberto Delgado llegó por primera vez a PROJIMO en el 2002, sus esperanzas para el futuro eran deprimentes. Unos meses antes, a la edad de 24, un accidente de coche le había dejado cuadripléjico (paralizado del cuello hacia abajo) de por vida. Rigo había oído de PROJIMO – un programa comunitario de rehabilitación dirigido por jóvenes con discapacidad en el pueblo de Coyotitán, Sinaloa, México – y decidió ir allí como último recurso. Afortunadamente para Rigo, la persona que tomó la principal responsabilidad de su rehabilitación en PROJIMO fue Julio Leyva, quien al igual que Rigo era cuadripléjico. Durante los 9 años que Rigo trabajó en PROJIMO se convirtió en un miembro cada vez más importante del equipo. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 67 | December, 2010

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

Doña Coco with some of the Children of the Moon at breakfast time. She guides them by her good example in an encouraging, kind-hearted way.

After the close of the 2nd Continental Congress on Community Based Rehabilitation, in Oaxaca, Mexico, last March*, a friend took me to visit “Casa Hogar – Hijos de la Luna” (Home Shelter – Children of the Moon), in a poorer barrio of the city. What I had the privilege of observing there was so elevating and heartwarming that I wish to share it in this newsletter. (continue reading)

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Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 67Hijos de la luna: Un refugio para los hijos de sexoservidoras en Oaxaca, México

Después de la clausura del 2do Congreso Continental sobre Rehabilitación Basada en la Comunidad, realizado en el Estado de Oaxaca, México, en el mes de marzo de 2009, un amigo me llevó a visitar “El Refugio y Casa Hogar: Hijos de la luna”, en uno de los barrios más pobres de la ciudad. Lo que tuve el privilegio de observar ahí fue tan conmovedor y cálido que quise compartirlo en este boletín. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 66 | April, 2010

The Evolution of Community Based Rehabilitation:Impressions of the 2nd Continental Congress on CBR

In the 2nd Continental Congress on CBR it was good to see how far CBR has moved toward being open-ended and inclusive.

This newsletter reflects on the 2nd Continental Congress on Community Based Rehabilitation held in Oaxaca, Mexico,and celebrates the potentially liberating changes that are under way in the concept and practice of CBR. The Congressalso provided feedback on programs in different countries where David Werner has facilitated evaluations and workshopsin recent years. This includes good news from a boy in Ecuador about his progress after a workshop there last May. (continue reading)

Topics include:

      • 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

Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 66La Evolución de la Rehabilitación Basada en la Comunidad:Impresiones del 2º Congreso Continental sobre la RBC

Este boletín se refleja en el 2º Congreso Continental de Rehabilitación Comunitaria, celebrada en Oaxaca, México, y cel-ebra los cambios potencialmente liberadores que se están realizando en el concepto y la práctica de la RBC. El Congresotambién proporcionó información sobre los programas en los diferentes países donde David Werner ha facilitado lasevaluaciones y los talleres en los últimos años. También incluye buenas noticias sobre un muchacho en el Ecuador porsu progreso después de un taller, en mayo pasado. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 65 | December 2009

Where There Is No Doctor In Japan

A street person in Tokyo is ordered to leave.

In October, 2009, I was invited to Japan for a speaking tour linked to launching the Japanese translation of my book, WhereThere Is No Doctor. At first glimpse, it may seem incongruous that this healthcare handbook—written for marginalized people living in underserved areas of poor countries—be translated into Japanese. After all, modern Japan is reputed to have one of the highest standards of living in the world. It has among the best health statistics in terms of low child and maternal mortality rates and long life expectancy. It also has one of the highest ratios of doctors per capita. Why should there be a need for this village healthcare handbook in Japanese? (continue reading)

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Topics include:

      • 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: The Rights and Dignity of People Living With AIDS
          • 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

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Newsletter 64 | May 2009

Hands-on Workshops with Disabled Children in Peru

Some of the workshop participants stand with David Werner next to a placard announcing the pre-workshop seminar in Chimbote, which was held in the auditorium of the Municipal Hospital.

February 2009, David Werner facilitated two workshops on innovative technology for and with disabledchildren and their families—and with mediators from Stichting Liliane Fonds (SLF), a charitable organiza-tion in Holland that helps disabled children in difficult circumstances. David was accompanied by his long-time friend Allison Akana, who filmed the workshop in Lima. (continue reading)

Watch the video documenting the Lima Workshop:

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Topics include:

      • Lima Workshop helping 8 disabled children with 25 assistive devices.
      • Chimbote Workshop helping 6 children with 20 assistive devices.
      • Paper-based Technology from Nothing About Us Without Us: “homemade cardboard panels, are low-cost, easy to work with, and very adaptable.”

Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 64Talleres a mano con niños con discapacidad en Perú

SEn febrero de 2009, David Werner facilitó dos talleres sobrela tecnología innovadora para y con niños condiscapacidad y su familia—y con los mediadores de la Fundación Liliana (SLF), una organización caritativaen Holanda que ayuda a niños con discapacidad en circunstancias difíciles. David estuvo acompañado porAllison Akana, su amiga desde hace mucho tiempo, que filmó el taller en Lima. (continuar leyendo)

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Newsletter 63 | December 2008

Remembering Marcelo

Marcelo wasa very gentle and caring human being who found his deepest satisfaction in helping those in need.

Last May (2008) Marcelo Acevedo fell ill and rapidly succumbed to brain cancer. The event was briefly noted in our last newsletter, but because Marcelo touched and changed so many people’s lives, we decided to devote this newsletter to his memory. Marcelo was one of the founders and core members of PROJIMO, the Community based rehabilitation program run by disabled villagers in western Mexico. As a disabled person who reached out with his hands and heart to do his very best to help other people, on equal terms, Marcelo was a personification of the highest ideals of the program. (continue reading)

Topics include:

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

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      • NL63 Insert 2 (includes PROJIMO Duranguito update) [PDF file – 311 K b] (broken)

Boletín de la Sierra Madre no. 63Recordando a Marcelo

El pasado Mayo del 2008, Marcelo Acevedo se enfermó y luego rápidamente murió de un cáncer cerebral. Esteevento se menciono brevemente en la revista anterior. Pero como Marcelo influyo y cambio la forma de vivir demuchas personas, nosotros decidimos dedicar esta revista informativa en su memoria. Marcelo fue uno de losfundadores y principal miembro del PROJIMO, un programa de rehabilitación fundado en la comunidad ydirigido por personas discapacitadas del Oeste de México. Como Persona incapacitada que hizo todo lo mejorque pudo con sus manos y corazón para ayudar a los demás, de forma equitativa, Marcelo fue una personifi-cación de los mas altos del programa. (continuar leyendo)

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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 [PDF File – 7Mb]


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]


Reports From The Sierra Madre

Before Where There Is No Doctor, before the Newsletter from the Seirra Madre, David Werner issued four legendary Reports from the Sierra Madre. They have been compiled into a handsomely illustrated book which you can read about here.

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.

Report From The Sierra Madre #4 (1967)
Report From The Sierra Madre #3 (1966)
Report From The Sierra Madre #2 (1966)
Report From The Sierra Madre #1 (1966)