Ashok Kumar Rau

Ashoka Fellow
Bangalore, India
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Ashok Kumar Rau was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Ashok has defined a psychologically safe environment and rehabilitation process for people in India living with HIV/AIDS. He is building a broad-based support system by making communities responsible for providing care and support to patients while helping reintegrate them into society.
Ashok's Freedom Foundation is a comprehensive system of care and support, combining psychological and social aspects with clinical and medical methods. Because of his understanding of the epidemic from the development and human rights perspective, Ashok has the knowledge and expertise to make society take responsibility and accept the HIV community. By involving college students, lawyers, community volunteers, the corporate world, child educators, and members of citizen sector organizations, Ashok has placed the control of intervention into the hands of all members of society. Rather than focusing only on medical treatment and prevention, Ashok is making a progressive step toward preventing the epidemic by educating and integrating not only the HIV/AIDS population but also the rest of society.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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