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    Having worked for more than 25 years with indigenous communities in Peru, Pedro García is now helping such communities throughout the Amazonian region to gain a better understanding of the nature and consequences of the "biopiracy" of the Amazon and to devise alternative approaches that will defend their rights and protect the region's rich and diverse natural resource base.

    Carlos Atencio is responding to the failing healthcare system in Venezuela by introducing a new model of care based on family practice medicine and centered on community participation and responsibility. His Family Medicine Foundation provides affordable primary care (that resolves 85% of health issues in low income communities), trains medical professionals in family medicine techniques, and makes patients aware of their role in their own healthcare.

    Ramzi Jaber is using design and technology to create and highlight data-based stories intended to inform public opinion about social justice issues and mobilize for social change.

    Jaime Delgado, who pioneered the field of consumer protection in Peru, is now extending his work to change the relationship between consumers and vendors throughout Latin America. 

    Frustrated by the snail's pace at which Nigerian courts operate, Bola Fajemirokun is improving the court reporting system and enabling lawyers, judges, and others to respond more effectively to pressing legal issues, especially those in the field of environmental law. In the process, she is restoring public confidence in the Nigerian judicial system.

    Tereza Hradílková has created a comprehensive program for families with blind children or children with multiple disabilities. Her family based method is a dramatic departure from the traditional expert driven, institutionalized care of such children in Czech Republic.

    Çağan Şekercioğlu aims to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve. His non-profit organization Kuzey Do?a builds sustainable and replicable models that combine nature conservation, wildlife research, environmental education, capacity building and income generation activities.

    Melitta began the Last Straw Foundation to address the needs of the poorest in Hungary's poorest, post-industrial areas. The foundation begins with provisions of food, medicine, social aid, employment possibilities, and financial services to families. After these basic needs for are met, Melitta introduces special forms of mini-farming in agriculture and animal breeding to ensure long-term sustainability.

    Sarah Trad is confronting Lebanon’s growing drug addiction problem by drawing on creative, science-based methods that are common in the West, but have yet to be implemented in the Arab world. She believes that addicts are suffering from an illness that can be cured with proper treatment, and should not be shunned by society. Her holistic approach encompasses treatment, prevention, and advocacy for change.

    Michael Kelly is catalyzing a nationwide movement to substantially increase the number of people growing their own food. He has resurrected the traditional Irish notion of the “meitheal,” a practice that builds a spirit of community by working collectively on individual projects—much like a barn-raising—to exponentially increase the number of people with the skills to grow their own food.