Beatriz Avila Curiel

Ashoka Fellow
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Fellow Since 1989
Related TopicsHealth & Fitness, Health care


This profile was prepared when Beatriz Avila Curiel was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
The New Idea
Although the idea of the barefoot doctor has become common in rural areas of the developing world, barefoot dentistry in countries such as Mexico is only just beginning to take hold as a viable proposition for providing isolated rural communities with preventive and primary level dental health programs. With a long back record of working in rural areas mainly concerned with developing women's programs and organizing credit schemes, Beatriz Avila is proposing to create a model low cost dental scheme involving women and their families in a training and treatment program in the state of Veracruz.
Beatriz will be concentrating principally in the coffee growing region of the state of Veracruz. According to her, these are the poorest and most marginal rural communities. Located high in the Sierra, they are often the most inaccessible in terms of transport and services. Drawing on both traditional medicines and modern technology Beatriz is creating a fusion of ideas that will serve in the first instance as a pilot project to be extended later to other coffee growing communities of the country.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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