José Américo Silva Fontes

Ashoka Fellow
Brazil
Fellow Since 1992
This description of José Américo Silva Fontes's work was prepared when José Américo Silva Fontes was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Introduction
Dr. Jose Americo Silva Fontes is a pediatrician specializing in neonatal care from the northeastern city of Salvador. He has invented numerous medical devices that are lifesaving, simple, and affordable. He is now launching a foundation to put the equipment and know how that he has developed to use throughout Brazil and other poor countries.
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