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    Ignacio is empowering people to take control over their own health by encouraging them to exercise their right to health education. He is trying to change the secondary role of patients in health institutions by giving them the knowledge to take decisions together with their health professionals.

    Alberto Alfaro is increasing medical accessibility in Costa Rica through connecting patients with private-sector, expedited and specialized medical treatment, and complementing treatment with preventative education. Through building partnerships and connections with private hospitals, patients, and financial institutions, he is able to provide opportunities for those waiting far too long for care under the overburdened public health system.

    Amr is popularizing access to healthcare systems by gathering and deploying intelligent information and establishing preferred policy in Egypt.

    Benjamin shifts the medical investment to a more preventive approach by pioneering a new primary care model that completely reshapes the way general practitioners practice and are organized in France. Mobilizing a multidisciplinary team of doctors, engineers and organization experts, he manages to tackle at the same time the challenges of quality, accessibility and cost-efficiency of the primary care practice.

    Geert has pioneered a culturally sensitive and community-based mental healthcare system for refugees and migrants in Europe.

    By putting production and distribution in the hands of locals, Martin is transforming access to high quality eye glasses to people with visual impairment, thereby enabling them to lead productive lives.

    Marc Koska is founder of the Safepoint Trust. He invented and successfully mainstreamed one of the world’s first auto-disable syringe. Since beginning his work in the late 1980’s, Marc is credited with saving 10 million lives, having changed WHO policy and best practice on the ground through advocacy and campaigning.

    Junho is engineering information system for family with kids who have special needs by aggregating scattered health information.

    To deeply change the way in which we design care processes for patients suffering from neurological disorders, Hélène is developing an integrative highly tailorable non-drug approach that directly involves the closest caregivers of the patient. She improves the quality of life of both the patients and their environment by leveraging scientific research and changing the mindsets throughout the health ecosystem about patient care and non-drug approaches.

    Through her organization Instituto Oncoguia, Luciana empowers cancer patients with information and personalized support, enabling them to take an active role in their treatment and recovery, while at the same leading changes in how society and health institutions view and treat the disease in Brazil.