Ashoka Fellow
    This description of Carlos Atencio's work was prepared when Carlos Atencio was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
    Introduction
    Carlos Atencio is responding to the failing healthcare system in Venezuela by introducing a new model of care based on family practice medicine and centered on community participation and responsibility. His Family Medicine Foundation provides affordable primary care (that resolves 85% of health issues in low income communities), trains medical professionals in family medicine techniques, and makes patients aware of their role in their own healthcare. As a result, Carlos is reducing medical costs, reviving a dying “specialty”, and putting communities in charge of their wellness.
    The New Idea
    The Problem
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