José Américo Silva Fontes
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Fellow Since 1992
This profile was prepared when José Américo Silva Fontes was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
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.
The New Idea