Sandra Peniche Quintal

Ashoka Fellow
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Sandra Peniche Quintal was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
In Mexico and all of Mesoamerica, medical systems have struggled to meet the needs of women, failing even to prevent fatal but easily avoidable diseases like cervical cancer. Sandra Piniche created a coalition of public health professionals to prepare doctors to fight cervical cancer and improve their treatment of women. The coalition brings together representatives from civil society organizations, medical associations, and government health services to create training and curricula for medical students and established doctors alike.
Sandra’s programs also prepare women to secure their own health through a participatory diagnostic program that identifies their community’s needs and assets in the field of health care. As they articulate their needs, Sandra partners them with coalition members who can help them meet these needs. Her successes in reducing death from cervical cancer provides momentum for her initiatives to spread in two directions: to address a wide range of issues in reproductive health; and at the same time, expand throughout Mexico toward the whole of Latin America.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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