This profile was prepared when Edith Grynszpancholc was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Following the death of her child in 1995 from cancer, Edith began to strengthen pediatric care in Argentina, particularly outside Buenos Aires. She organizes parents into support groups that are networked to help each other and strengthen the health care system’s response to families in need. An e-group for parents and networks among doctors allow greater information flow and advocacy by introducing a high level of transparency and information exchange. The results of Edith’s work are many—from 10 new pediatric care centers built in the provinces (not the main cities), to the introduction of oncology departments in existing hospitals, to greater participation from parents in shaping services so that families can obtain treatment close to home without compromising the quality of care. Edith is extending her work to other countries in Latin America and to the Caribbean.