Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
    This description of Prasanta Kishore Tripathy's work was prepared when Prasanta Kishore Tripathy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
    Prasanta, a trained medical doctor, realized that matters of life and death are often in the hands of the communities rather than healthcare professionals. By engaging communities in interactive storytelling and game sessions, Prasanta helps them comprehend and overcome an intricate web of social, cultural, medical and economical causes leading to death and disease among them. This strategy has led to 45 percent reduction of infant mortality in three years. Working in the poorest areas that have almost no access to primary healthcare, Prasanta capitalizes on the most universal resource to improve infant mortality rates, namely the will of the mothers to ensure healthy lives for the children. He is increasing the ability of mothers and communities, as the first care providers, to identify health problems and respond to them effectively.
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