“I see science and research as tools that can be used to improve the situation of people. Scientific research is a democratic method to check assumptions and test interventions. It should not be monopolised by a few, but the scientific approach is a tool to be shared by all and used by all those who seek to improve their living conditions and base it on sounds arguments and tested previous experiences. Whether it is scientific research is not decided by who is doing it, but how it is done. Everybody can learn to use the proper rules of research methodologies.”


Culture Health & Sexuality
Sexual behaviour and vulnerability of migrant workers for HIV infection. (with Irene Fernandez, Sharuna Verghis and Martijn Vink).
Research for sex work 5
June 2002
Health Care and Culture, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam . Health, HIV and sex work: the influence of migration and mobility.
HIV/AIDS prevention and care in resource-constrained settings
Wolffers I. and Painter T.M. (2002). Chapter 10. Programs for Mobile Populations and their Partners. In: Lamptey P.R. and Gayle H. (eds.) HIV/AIDS prevention and care in resource-constrained settings: A handbook for the design and management of programs. Family Health International, Washington, pp. 284-315. http://www.fhi.org/en/gen/wtsnew.html
AIDS Education and Prevention
Reasons for not using condoms among female sex workers in Indonesia. (Endang Basuki, Ivan Wolffers, et al.).
Research for sex work 4
June 2001
Health Care and Culture, Medical Faculty Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam .Violence, repression and other health threats.
J Subst Abuse
Hien NT, Giang LT, Binh PN, Deville W, van Ameijden EJ, Wolffers I. Risk factors of HIV infection and needle sharing among injecting drug users in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
AIDS Care.
2000 Aug;12(4):483-95.
Hien NT, Giang LT, Binh PN, Wolffers I. The social context of HIV risk behaviour by drug injectors in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Sociétés Asiatiques face au SIDA
La recherche sur les maladies sexuellement transmissibles en Asie face aux défis lancés par le VIH et le SIDA. e.d. Marie-Éve Blanc, Laurence Husson et Êvelyne Micolier
Research for sex work 3
June 2000
Health Care and Culture, Medical Faculty Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. . Empowerment of sex workers & HIV prevention.
vol. 12, no. 5, 535-540
Psychosocial and economic aspects of HIV/AIDS and counselling of caretakers of HIV-infected children in Uganda (with C.N.M. Brouwer, C.L. Lok and S. Sebagalls).
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
2000; 78 (2) 267-273
Policy and Practice. Biomedical and development paradigms in AIDS prevention
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr
1999 Aug 1;21(4):338-46
Nguyen TH, Hoang TL, Pham KC, van Ameijden EJ, Deville W, Wolffers I. HIV monitoring in Vietnam: system, methodology, and results of sentinel surveillance.
Research for sex work 2
August 1999
Health Care and Culture, Medical Faculty Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Appropriate health services for sex workers.
Soc Sci Med
1999; 48: 1589-1598
The role of the privatization process on tuberculosis control in HoChiMinh City Province, Vietnam (with Eric Naterop)
Culture, Health and Sexuality
Pacar dan Tamu: Indonesian women sex workers’ relationships with men.
Research for sex work 1.
Health Care and Culture, Medical Faculty Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Why this initiative is important.
The Lancet
Health Research in the Tropics.
The Lancet
1997; 349: 52-4
Culture, Media and HIV/AIDS in SE Asia.
The Egyptian Journal of Diabetes
1996; 1:23-15
Could the low prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in the Egyptian deserts be the result of protective elements in the Bedouin diet? (with H. Barnard and M.M. Arab).
The Lancet
1996; 347: 620
Confidentiality in research.
Soc Sci Med
1995; 41: 1325-1332
The role of pharmaceuticals in the privatization process in Vietnam’s health care system.
The Lancet
1995; 346: 1303
Migration and AIDS (with I. Fernandez).
The Lancet
1994; 343: 410
HIV Infection in Vietnam.
Altering the image of AIDS
AIDS and the media in Turkey (with Ali Kaan Orbay) In: (ed: M. de Bruyn) VU Univesity Press Amsterdam.
Altering the Image of AIDS
The many faces of AIDS: in: (ed. M. de Bruyn) VU University Press, Amsterdam.
  Culture and Development in Health Care; Do we need a New Concept of Primary Health Care?
Culture, Development and Communication
1993 pp 90-100
Centre of Non-Western Studies, Leiden (eds W.A. Shadid and P.J.M. Nas)
PHC and CBR:
concepts for empowerment (with H. Flinkenflugel) In. The handicapped community (Ed H. Flinkenflugel) VU University Press, Amsterdam.
The Lancet
Primary Health Care in Developing Countries.
Soc Sci Med
Traditional practitioners’ behavioural adaptations to changing patients’ demands in Sri Lanka.
The context of medicines in developing countries
Traditional Practitioners and western pharmaceuticals in Sri Lanka.
Trop Geogr Med
Limitations of the primary health care model. A case study from Bangladesh.
Soc Sci Med
Illness behaviour in Sri Lanka: results of a survey in two Sinhalese communites.
Soc Sci Med
Drug information and sale practices in some pharmacies of Colombo.
Health hazards of organized violence
Policies for publicity about victims of violence.
Tropical Doctor
Ayurvedic treatment for fistula-in ano.
Br Med J
Factors that influence patients in Sri Lanka in their choice between Ayurvedic and Western medicine.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1984; 128: 964-7
Profetische geneeskunde.
Pharm Weekbl
1985; 120: 205-8
Onderzoek naar de kennis in enkele apotheken in Colombo (Sri Lanka).
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1985; 129: 1246-9
De geschiedenis van de quinolonen.
Pharm Weekbl
1986; 121: 293-6
Problemen met fenylbutazon en oxyfenbutazon in ontwikkelingslanden.
Pharm Weekbl
1986; 121: 865-8
Hoe verder na de 39e WHO-Assemblee?
Ned Tijschr Geneeskd
1986; 130: 725-7
Marokkanen en geneesmiddelen.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1986; 130: 740-3
Marokkaanse geneesmiddelen.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1988; 132: 29-31
De problemen rond hoge-doses-oestrogeen/progestativumcombinaties, zoals Menstrogen, in India.
Pharm Weekbl
1988; 123: 510-14
De rol van geneesmiddelen in een geisoleerd gebied (centraal Kalimantan).
Pharm Weekbl
1988; 123: 569-73
De aard van voorschriften in een geïsoleerd gebied (centraal Kalimantan).
Pharm Weekbl
1988; 123: 1092-6
Marketing van Geneesmiddelen in de derde wereld.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1989; 133: 2348-2352
De toekomst van ‘primary health care’.
Pharm Weekbl
1990; 125: 298-303
Fytotherapie in ‘primary health care’ in Thailand.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1992; 136: 1662-1665
Kanttekeningen bij het succes van de wereldwijde immunisatie.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1994; 138: 307-310
Gebruik van alternatieve behandelwijzen door HIV-positieven en AIDS-patienten in Nederland (met S. de Morée).
Ned Tijdsch Geneeskd
1994; 138: 1032-35
Preventie van neonatale tetanus in ontwikkelingslanden bemoeilijkt door lokale organisatie en beperkte kennis bij gezondheidswerkers en traditionele vroedvrouwen; Noord Sulawesi (Indonesië).
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
1995; 139: 2580-2583
Kwalitatieve benaderingen in het medisch onderzoek.
Medisch Contact
1999; 54: 60-62
Ghanees-Nederlandse samenwerking. Een uniek experiment.



2000 The democratization of science. Demand-driven health research for development (VU University Press, Amsterdam)
1999 Health Compromised (ed. Ivan Wolffers and Josie Fernandez). Two studies, one from Bangladesh (Moniek Twisk and Marie-José Walraven) and one from Malaysia (Madelijn de Kleine and Astrid Rozeboom). Published by CARAM Asia
1997 Sex Work, Mobility and Aids in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Together with M. Bevers. Published by CARAM Asia
1996 AIDS in China (together with V v.d. Erp and R. Foy) (AIDS-Concern Hong Kong, in press)
1996 HIV/AIDS en alternatieve geneeswijzen (VU Uitgeverij, Amsterdam)
1995 Health and health care in transition in Vietnam; together with E. Naterop (VU University Publishers, Amsterdam)
1995 Primary Health Care and Refugees; together with Anke van der Kwaak (VU University Publishers, Amsterdam)
1994 Some selected examples of Participatory Research (DGIS The Hague) (Also in French, Spanish and Vietnamese)
1994 AIDS and pregnancy together with C. Batterink and R. de Roos (VU-University Press, Amsterdam)
1992 Impact of injections on health-care practice in developing countries (VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam) editor together with M. Bloem (also in Thai, Tamil and Bengali)
1992 Health in Bangladesh (VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam)
1991 AIDS and Primary Health Care (VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam) (also in Tamil, Bengali and Vietnamese)
1991 Diarrhoea and Primary Health Care (VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam), together with Daniel Nelson (also in Vietnamese)
1990 The role of traditional medicine in Primary Health Care
(VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam), editor
1990 Patients without frontiers (VU-University Publishers, Amsterdam) (also in Thai, Bengali, Vietnamese and Indonesian)
1990 Patiënten zonder grenzen(Contact, Amsterdam)
1989 Marketing Fertiliy (WEMOS, Amsterdam) with Hardon and Janssen (also in Portuguese)
1987 Changing Traditions in Health Care (Thesis, Leiden)
1983 Druppels tegen de armoede (Fontein, Baarn)
1982 Duurwoorderij en geheimtaal (AMBO, Baarn)
1981 Het masker van de armoede (AMBO, Baarn)