Claudia Epelman

Ashoka Fellow
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Fellow Since 2000


This profile was prepared when Claudia Epelman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
On the medical side of the problem, Claudia is improving the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of children and adolescents who have brain tumors, the most serious cancer found in young people. Within existing medical institutions, she is redirecting resources to increase the institutions' technological capacities to treat and rehabilitate patients. Additionally, she is ensuring high-quality treatment for patients regardless of their socio-economic background. On the education side of the problem, Claudia is teaching parents, medical professionals, and teachers about brain tumors to promote early diagnosis. Claudia also trains caregivers to meet not only patients' physical necessities but also their psychological, social, and educational needs. Finally, she mobilizes teachers and families to reintegrate recovering patients into schools and society.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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