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Hisham Kharma is using an online community-based platform to bring much needed cohesion to a national problem in Egypt: blood donations. Hisham is pioneering the first effort to unify previously scattered and distrusted actors under one umbrella and providing quick and free access to blood for patients in need.
Teerawat Sripathomsawad is reforming disability care in Thailand from a centralized medical model to one founded on personal care and independent living. Weaving together peer counseling, services at the neighborhood level, and access to personal assistants, Teerawat helps the disabled gain control over their own destinies.
The mother of a disabled child, Luz Dary Chávez has created the first community- managed center for the handicapped in rural Colombia. The center is serving to improve the lives of the disabled and to help families address issues of shame and hopelessness for their children and relatives.
Committed to a holistic and collective approach to individual and community health, Alejandra Sánchez Cabezas has created an inclusive, interdisciplinary and social approach that builds bridges among communities and public health and related institutions which enables the former to take a leading role to ensure their own health.
Lubna Tayyab is offering young Pakistani women a means of escaping the seemingly hopeless cycle of prostitution by providing them access to jobs, education, and health care. By helping prostitutes develop useful life skills and engage in mainstream society, Lubna is enabling them to take control of their futures and improve their neighborhood.
Agatha is transforming the service sector in Nigeria by professionalizing the hospitality industry through job skills training, standardizing employee-employer relations, and advocacy work.
James Bevan has developed a global methodology to identify and map flows of illegal weapons into armed conflicts. Through Conflict Armament Research, James collects first-hand data on conventional weapons and ammunition and feeds them into an innovative online mapping tool. By holding every actor to account, James is changing the incentives and capacities of both exporting and importing countries to control weapon flows into conflict areas.
Thirty years ago Paul Taryam Ilboudo found a way to integrate trilingualism into teaching literacy. Instead of denying access to local languages in education, Paul engineered fast paced courses that use local languages as the building blocks for literacy. With increased student self-confidence and evident progress, this literacy could then become the grounds for students to learn new languages and subjects.
A decorated veteran of law enforcement, Renae Griggs is seeking to shift the culture of policing in a more humane direction for the nation's 800,000 officers. She aims to remove the barriers that she believes have perpetuated a subculture in policing that separates officers from their humanity and often results in abusive and self-destructive behavior, including rates of domestic violence and suicide that are two or more times the national average.