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    Poor children suffering from chronic illnesses in Philippine public hospitals experience extreme stress and pain. Families and hospital staff also suffer from the physical demands of caring and the emotional strain of treating children with serious, often terminal, conditions. Maria Fatima “Girlie” Lorenzo is transforming Philippine public hospitals by creating a national system for psychosocial support for indigent patients, their families, and caregivers.

    Judi Aubel is improving the lives of women, children and families by empowering grandmothers, an abundant and underutilized cultural resource, to catalyze change in socio-cultural norms related to many issues, including girls’ education, early and forced marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation, maternal and child health/nutrition and intergenerational communication.

    Anne Roos-Weil has piloted a cost-effective medical system to drastically reduce the number of African children and mothers who die from benign diseases. Combining simple skills and cell phones, she systematically collects basic health data and transfers it electronically to local medical staff to inform proper treatment or medical action.

    Aldana has created a new approach towards the subject of death and is developing a culture where this topic is included in everyday conversation. Through her organization – Aiken, Aldana is training health professionals on the subject of grief and mourning in childhood. As there are few people trained in this subject in Argentina, Aiken is even more relevant as it is a community approach which works with companies and organizations.

    Mental Health Care is Helping Children with Cancer Live Better

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    Charm Mercado is a thin and rather shy man in his early twenties.

    Nourishing Schools in India

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    Ashoka and Swiss Re Foundation are partnering with schools to enable children to improve their own nutrition and that of their communities in India. In 2011 Ashoka and the Swiss Re Foundation started their journey on exploring how to improve the health status in India.