Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1992
This description of Hernán García's work was prepared when Hernán García was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Hernán learned to see health and sickness through the eyes and language of the people he had come to teach and has developed a health education program that builds upon rather than destroys indigenous culture.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person


Educe supports the recognition of traditional indigenous medicine as a comprehensive healthcare system by making its contribution known to the people and to medical services, where traditional doctors are the key players. They recognize and value the contribution of traditional midwives, with whom they have shaped the model of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care with a humanizing, intercultural and safe focus, for all women. This model also takes into account national standards, scientific evidence and human rights.

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