Martín Domenech

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1997
Related TopicsHealth & Fitness, Health care


This profile was prepared when Martín Domenech was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1997.
The New Idea
Dismayed by the inability of modern medicine to adequately deal with the emotional, spiritual, as well as physical needs of HIV patients and drug addicts, Sacha Domenech in 1990, started a program, the Hospital of Life, to provide sufferers with alternative therapeutic treatment. Since then, his Hospital of Life has evolved into a comprehensive treatment and recovery program that combines traditional and Western medicines and restores the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Sacha is helping to rebuild patients' self-esteem, their connection between body and spirit, and most importantly, their hopes for the future, while working to broaden the Argentine medical community's concept of appropriate care for the type of patients he serves.

Sacha has complemented his Hospital of Life project with the School for Mental Health Professionals which trains former patients to provide therapeutic support, in times of crisis, for those suffering from drug addiction, AIDS, and mental disorders. This component of the program provides a vehicle for recovered patients to continue as productive members of society and provides a basis for ongoing support.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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