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João Cláudio Lara Fernandes

Ashoka Fellow since Ago 1988

Brazil

Joao Claudio has long sought the most effective way to serve the poor: first as a Jesuit, then as a social activist, and now as a doctor developing novel ways of providing first-class health care to Brazil's slum dwellers.

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Marta esteves de almeida Gil

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 1989

Brazil

Marta is setting up an information system for the physically, mentally and sensorially disabled. The system will collect, produce, and disseminate important information for this currently neglected sector of the population, and with this service, Marta expects to influence public policy, thus...

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Rosangela Bieler, a 32-year-old journalist and paraplegic, is the founder and president of the Independent Living Center of Rio de Janeiro, an organization which is spearheading the movement of disabled Brazilians to win full citizenship.

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Suely Carvalho Neves

Ashoka Fellow since Ene 1991

Brazil

For Suely Carvalho, the solution to healthier and happier births, especially among the underprivileged, lies in using natural procedures with the help of well-trained midwives. Suely, a nursing midwife herself, plans to revitalize this dying profession by creating a strong network of these...

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Ruth Gelehrter da Costa Lopes

Ashoka Fellow since Ene 1991

Brazil

Ruth Gelehrter da Costa Lopes, a São Paulo social psychologist, has started Brazil's first public psychological clinic for the elderly, a burgeoning population ignored by Brazilian professionals and institutions.

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Pedro gabriel Godinho delgado

Ashoka Fellow since Ago 1991

Brazil

Pedro Gabriel Delgado, a psychiatrist, is changing the way mental patients are treated in Brazil.

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Sylvio José de Oliveira

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1992

Brazil

Sylvio Jose de Oliveira has created an independent, voluntary program in the Rio de Janeiro state prison system designed to prevent AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from spreading among and through the inmates. The focus of this program is to provide health and hygiene information, and...

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Vera Regina Gaensly Cordeiro

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 1992

Brazil

Vera Gaensly Cordeiro is a pediatrician who could not stand to see terribly or terminally ill children obtain treatment in her hospital only to be released to such poverty that they could not recover or have hope of comfort.

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Valdecir Benedito Valdo França

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 1993

Brazil

An agronomist and social activist, Valdo França is combating hunger and malnutrition in Brazil through an endeavor that encourages the production and distribution of a multi-nutrient supplement made from inexpensive, readily available local materials. His "anti-hunger campaign" includes a multimedia...

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