Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
This description of Bénédicte Défontaines's work was prepared when Bénédicte Défontaines was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
There are only 2,000 neurologists to deal with over a million aging people with cognitive diseases and no history of managed care in France, which leads to huge bottlenecks in the healthcare system and terrible social and psychological consequences for patients and their families. By creating a radically new chain of intervention that starts at the early signs of the disease, Bénédicte Défontaines is giving patients, families, and medical professionals the tools to humanely manage situations, and is empowering society to mitigate the risks and costs associated with cognitive diseases.
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