Partnering and Health Development: The Kathmandu Connection


250 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 1-895176-73-5
DDC 362.1




Reviewed by Marilyn Mardiros

Marilyn Mardiros is an associate professor of health sciences at the
University of Ottawa.


This informative and insightful book documents the work of the
University of Calgary and its Division of International Development. The
primary focus is on health and development projects in Nepal and in
Mindanao, Philippines.

The author, a medical practitioner, identifies the contributions,
obstacles, and challenges associated with partnering both within and
across the participating countries. His book underlines the need for
community-based participatory health development, and for training
health providers who reflect local needs. Kerr employs linguistic
analysis to challenge the assumptions underlying some of the words and
concepts that are used in international development and in primary
health care. When misused, words and ideas become debased or even
harmful to the people they are meant to help.

Partnering and Health Development will be of particular benefit to
those working in the field of international health and community


Kerr, Melville G., “Partnering and Health Development: The Kathmandu Connection,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 2, 2023,