Power of One - Health For All

Who can best create outcomes that lead to the healthiest possible lives of individuals and communities?

To answer this question, leading social entrepreneurs are challenging the traditional patient-provider dynamics from an empathetic and holistic perspective. 

Co-designing, co-creating and co-owning health services takes everyone’s power into consideration and leads to an increasingly effective and scalable system of health.

The following Ashoka Fellows are the heart of these efforts, from mental to maternal health and from prevention to rehabilitation. They are putting people and communities in charge of their own healthcare, leading to better outcomes and increased productivity; and providing roles for everyone to be a changemaker in their own lives and in their communities.

The resulting, more equitable and representative health systems are creating an ecosystem that ignites the power of one to bring health to all.


Asher Hasan offers New Life to Pakistan's Uninsured

Asher Hasan saw firsthand the devastating consequences of being uninsured in Pakistan. As in many Southeast Asian countries, health insurance is limited to the wealthy, excluding more than one-third of its 200 million people.

Julia Borbolla's Cartoon Solution for Kids' Psychological Needs

When Julia Borbolla created Antennas for Children, she did not expect her child psychology innovation to help solve crimes.

Mithela Haque Shares the Power to Bloom

Mithela Haque experiences firsthand how many girls in Bangladesh believe that they are not very clever, not very good at science, not meant to travel abroad.

To shift these mindsets and empower fellow young women, as well as boys, Mithela founded Power to Bloom. She and like-minded volunteers work with schools in low-income communities to provide much needed spaces for adolescents to learn and share around issues that are traditionally taboo.

Chethan Gowda: Decreasing Blood Shortages in a Populous Country

Struck by the absurdity of dying from a blood shortage in a country of 1.2B people, Chethan Gowda began connecting people around one of life's essential liquids.

Bina Nepram: Her Path To & Through Exile

“Don’t ask any questions. You’ll be shot dead.” This is a common refrain in Manipur state in India, where Ashoka Fellow Binalakshmi (Bina) Nepram grew up. Yet Bina asked questions. And despite currently living in exile, she continues to ask with conviction.

Martin Aufmuth's One Dollar Glasses

Add up the cost of steel wire, polycarbonate lenses, heat shrink tubing, transportation, shipping, personnel management, and spare parts. For Martin Aufmuth’s Ein Dollar Brille (“One Dollar Glasses”), it equals less than $1 USD. This cost, however, is hardly reflective of the value someone suffering from myopia, short or farsightedness, gains with a perfectly fitted pair of glasses.

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