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    Renê Patriota is a physician who empowers consumers to demand and receive better health care from both the public health system and private health insurance and health plans. Her association resolves immediate problems that threaten patients' access to urgently needed medical attention and seeks long-term solutions to guarantee patients' access to quality health services. Renê's work enables individuals to become active citizens as they exercise their right to quality health care.

    Manuel Fernando Ngury, an Angolan refugee, is bringing visibility and rights to thousands of refugees and immigrants in Brazil.

    James Wuye, a Christian pastor and Imam Mohammed Ashafa, a Muslim cleric, are working together to end violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Their goal is to achieve peaceful coexistence through inter-faith cooperation and community education.  

    In South Africa, access to ordinary legal services has never been accessible to the black majority. Ashwell Zwane and Bernert Lekalakala are changing that by establishing the country's first full-service legal practice that is based in the historically black townships in which the overwhelming of majority black South Africans continue to live.

    Annette Habert understood that with changing family realities society needs to step in to create support systems focusing on enabling regular and healthy relationships between parents and their children in post-separation situations.

    In Thailand’s Deep South, Muhammad Ayub Pathan is empowering the silent majority to speak up for peace in the face of violent armed conflict. By broadening the participation of stakeholders, including women, youth, and both extremes of the conflict, Muhammad-Ayub is enabling communities affected by violence to foster the necessary conditions for initiating and sustaining peace.

    Howard Weinstein’s business model gives access to low-cost, high quality hearing aid technology to the low-income people in developing countries that need it most. His deaf employees are taught to become leaders and advocates for the full inclusion of hearing-impaired people in society.

    Incarcerated youth in Brazil face daily violence and abuse, confined by a system with little respect for their humanity and dignity. Conceição Paganele places the mothers of these young people at the head of a campaign to reform the juvenile justice system and ensure fair, humane rehabilitation for Brazilian youth.

    Alicja has created a hands-on, civic educational model toteach Polish children about participatory Democracy. Herschools encourage student involvement at all levels, fromcurricular design to student discipline, and lay a strongfoundation for responsible citizenship. Alicja's vision is to build an international network of these "civic" schools through extensive teacher training and multi-national exchange programs.

    Fábio Bibancos is expanding oral health care for Brazil's poorest citizens with a series of incentives that encourages dentists to provide primary preventative care to low-income patients.