Statement of NADA Philippines on the Passing of Dr. Michael O. Smith
“I am here with you today. Look at all the faces of the NADA people around you, and you will see my spirit, the Spirit of NADA, shining through. The Spirit of NADA teaches us that we must first allow ourselves to find that Spirit.”
Michael O. Smith in his Message at the 6th NADA Annual Forum
NADA Philippines is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Michael O. Smith last December 24, 2017 in the United States. He was a beloved mentor, compassionate friend, and generous supporter of NADA Philippines.
Every year from 2011 to 2016, Dr. Smith regularly visited Filipino Acudetox Specialists (ADSes) and graced the NADA Annual Forum. He integrated with them during community visits, observing their diversity, listening to their stories, and shared his insights. He openly expressed his joy at the empowerment of ADSes among the urban poor, farmers and national minorities resulting from the training and practice of the NADA protocol.
With his encouragement, NADA Philippines primarily focused on training non-medical ADSes in various parts of the Philippines across disaster-prone areas like Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Tacloban, Leyte, Infanta, Quezon, and reached the Indigenous Peoples of the Cordillera.
Dr. Smith was instrumental in linking NADA Philippines to the NADA international community. The support of fraternal NADA organizations has enabled NADA Philippines to grow and reach more people in need.
His profound love for the people has been an inspiration for the volunteerism and service that drives the NADA Spirit among Filipino Acudetox Specialists.
NADA Philippines will forever be grateful to Dr. Michael O. Smith, a great man. We mourn his passing with the whole NADA international community and extend our most sincere condolences to his family.