Fábio Bibancos

Ashoka Fellow
Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Fellow Since 2007

Citation

This profile was prepared when Fábio Bibancos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Fábio has built a network of volunteer dentists, the Dentista do Bem (Dentist for Good), who offer for free to eligible young patients complete oral treatment until the patients turns 18 years old.

Using an in-depth survey to identify those patients who would be best served through regular dental care, Fabio has created a methodology to prioritize particular types of cases. He found that four major types of complaints exist, and that youth over the age of eleven would benefit most from treatment and ongoing dental care. Using a volunteer network of 15.000 dentists, he reaches out to the public school system in order to pair students with dentists in their area. Using hours that would otherwise be spent idle, nearby dentists have an incentive to participate in the program.

With more than 15.000 dentists and over 53.000 children and adolescents, the program is already in 14 countries (13 in Latin America and Portugal).

In addition, Fábio pairs these programs with extensive media outreach, lobbying efforts, and awareness building, in an effort to educate Brazilians about the importance of oral healthcare and to encourage the country’s large number of dentists to uphold their social responsibility.
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The Person

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