This profile was prepared when Daniel Becker was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
With 11 years of experience as a health promoter, Daniel is working to improve the health and overall quality of life for people in the poorest sectors of Brazilian society by stimulating the design and execution of community solutions to social problems. Daniel develops partnerships between community groups, public offices, businesses, and health specialists. He and his team mobilize community members through a series of participatory workshops aimed at establishing Health Development Groups. This group, made up of local representatives from various sectors, is responsible for the direction and advancement of the program. The groups identify the major health problems in their communities, define priorities, propose solutions, design projects, and form partnerships with other organizations and community groups to carry out these objectives.