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The Shifting Role of Patients in Today’s Healthcare System: Introducing Changemaker Health

The health sector is undergoing an evolution in the role of the patient. Actors across the sector face a competitive necessity and market demand to create more open and participatory pathways for patients and customers to get involved in their own healthcare. The shift toward patient empowerment can be referred to as “changemaker health”.

Nourishing Schools in India

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.

Ashoka Fellow Catalina Escobar, this week's CNN Hero, is a lifeline for teen mothers in Colombia

Long-time advocate for the health of young girls and women Catalina Escobar was recently recognized as a CNN Hero. Escobar works as a "community crusader" in Cartagena, one of Colombia's largest cities where one-third of residents live at or below the poverty line, and, to complicate matters even further, where one in five girls aged 15 to 19 are or have been pregnant. 

10 System-Changing Ideas for Health from the Newest Class of Ashoka Fellows

As the summer season draws to a close, we can still enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and spend lots of time outside. We may be more conscious of health during summer, when the living is easy; but for many champions in the newest class of Ashoka Fellows, health is a year-round preoccupation. Here are several of their system-changing ideas for health.  

Health Insurance in Pakistan 

Avoiding Averages


“Teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest problems we face here,” says Maria, a nurse that has worked for over 20 years in a small health centre in a poor neighborhood about 2 hours north of Buenos Aires. “Most teenage pregnancies aren’t planned or wanted, so we spend a lot of time working with them throughout their pregnancy to accept and love their newborn.”

Putting it into Practice: Building Local Capacity to Improve Maternal Health

It has been a month since I arrived in Argentina. I am based in Pilar, a town at the northern border of the municipal boundaries of Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires.

Bringing Medicine to the Masses of Africa (when they are swimming in it?)

In many parts of the developed world, the practice of medicine by relying on such tools as herbs, meditation, trance, acupuncture, ionised water etc. is tolerated under the rubric of “complementary medicine”.

In the United Kingdom, for instance, many public hospitals, such as the famed St. Mary’s in London’s Paddington, even have dedicated complimentary medicine wings, even though there is never any confusion about orthodox, “science-based”, medicine being the reigning sovereign [1].