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João Cláudio Lara Fernandes

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1988

Brazil
Joao Claudio has long sought the most effective way to serve the poor: first as a Jesuit, then as a social activist, and now as a doctor developing novel ways of providing first-class health care to Brazil's slum dwellers. Read more

Marta esteves de almeida Gil

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 1989

Brazil
Marta is setting up an information system for the physically, mentally and sensorially disabled. The system will collect, produce, and disseminate important information for this currently neglected sector of the population, and with this service, Marta expects to influence public policy, thus... Read more
Rosangela Bieler, a 32-year-old journalist and paraplegic, is the founder and president of the Independent Living Center of Rio de Janeiro, an organization which is spearheading the movement of disabled Brazilians to win full citizenship. Read more

Suely Carvalho Neves

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 1991

Brazil
For Suely Carvalho, the solution to healthier and happier births, especially among the underprivileged, lies in using natural procedures with the help of well-trained midwives. Suely, a nursing midwife herself, plans to revitalize this dying profession by creating a strong network of these... Read more

Ruth Gelehrter da Costa Lopes

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 1991

Brazil
Ruth Gelehrter da Costa Lopes, a São Paulo social psychologist, has started Brazil's first public psychological clinic for the elderly, a burgeoning population ignored by Brazilian professionals and institutions. Read more
Indrani Chakravarty is designing the first institute in India to combine research with practical work and care for the elderly. The project not only will provide necessary services to the elderly in Calcutta, but also could eventually draw necessary attention to the plight of the eighty million... Read more

Pedro gabriel Godinho delgado

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1991

Brazil
Pedro Gabriel Delgado, a psychiatrist, is changing the way mental patients are treated in Brazil. Read more

Sylvio José de Oliveira

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1992

Brazil
Sylvio Jose de Oliveira has created an independent, voluntary program in the Rio de Janeiro state prison system designed to prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from spreading among and through the inmates. The focus of this program is to provide health and hygiene information, and... Read more

Vera Regina Gaensly Cordeiro

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 1992

Brazil
Vera Gaensly Cordeiro is a pediatrician who could not stand to see terribly or terminally ill children obtain treatment in her hospital only to be released to such poverty that they could not recover or have hope of comfort. Read more