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Judi Aubel is improving the lives of women, children and families by empowering grandmothers, an abundant and underutilized cultural resource, to catalyze change in socio-cultural norms related to many issues, including girls’ education, early and forced marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation, maternal and child health/nutrition and intergenerational communication.
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.
In a world where psychosocial stresses are a leading cause for disease globally, Inge Missmahl introduces a scalable system to sufficiently care for, empower and re-mobilize people who suffer. Through enabling new human resources, she facilitates greater individual well-being and accountability, as well as community resilience, working with both migratory and stationary populations.
Incarcerated women in the US are particularly unwell and routinely denied access to quality healthcare in a system that was designed “by men, for men”. Through Ostara, Erica Gerrity transforms the experience of health education and prison birth and – in so doing – correctional facilities themselves.
Jess has designed a new victim-centered way to report sexual assault, identify repeat offenders, and provide institutions – beginning with universities – with relevant data to guard against and respond to the problem.
Sachin is improving emotional resilience and well-being for all by focusing on prevention and early intervention for mental health issues, and by empowering individuals and organizations to take proactive action, create awareness, destigmatize mental health, and to promote overall well-being for our society at large.
After her aunt suffered a stroke in Nigeria and had few options for treatment and rehabilitation, After her aunt suffered a stroke in Nigeria and had few options for treatment and rehabilitation, Rita Melifonwu used her nursing experience and tenacity to launch Stroke Action Nigeria (SAN) to change the trajectory and outcomes for people in a region with one of the highest stroke rates in the world.
Introducing Ashoka's 2018 Emerging Insights report, showcasing the work of Fellows elected in 2018 who are solving the world most pressing issues.
Teacher Martin Aufmuth invented a machine in his laundry room that can make a complete pair of eyeglasses in twelve minutes. His organization, OneDollarGlasses (ODG), uses this “portable optician’s workshop” to train communities to produce customizable eyeglasses, circumventing the traditional provider-patient model and affordability challenges that keeps glasses out of reach for so many people around the world.
To address the urgent lack of blood donations and wide-scale undiagnosed and untreated blood diseases in Egypt, software engineer Amgad Morgan built an online platform and a nationwide movement to mobilize blood donors, connect them to people needing blood, and systematically identify and treat individuals with blood diseases.