Merula Steagall

Ashoka Fellow
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Merula Steagall was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Merula created the Brazilian Lymphoma and Leukemia Association (ABRALE), realizing that high quality treatment is only viable through actions focused on patients, family members, donors, health professionals, citizen organizations (COs), and private and government initiatives. ABRALE’s model is achieved through a three-pronged approach: 1) Direct work with the patient and their family members, offering them services and information essential to their quality of life, and encouraging them to demand their guaranteed constitutional rights to treatment by the public health system; 2) Support for the improvement of the service given to the public in collaboration with government training and recruitment of health professionals, while also expanding the geographical impact of their work; 3) A model of public treatment which involves various social actors and includes the donation of bone marrow, which in turn produces more results with more efficient spending of resources.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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