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Although stroke is often perceived as occurring primarily among the elderly, it also strikes infants, and can even occur before birth. It is one of the top ten causes of death for children, yet public awareness is extremely low, early detection is limited, and rehabilitation is inadequate.
Teresa Ogrodzinska has transformed the Polish education system by introducing alternative forms of preschool education. Teresa has done this by creating flexible and inexpensive community-based programs for children’s growth, that respond to the economic situations of rural and provincial areas in Poland. Teresa is also unlocking the potential of rural women by empowering them to play an active role in the creation of educational spaces within communities.
By developing a more successful and cost-effective model for finding permanent homes for the most-difficult-to-place in care, Amelia Franck Meyer is proving that the key to fixing the U.S. foster care system is to break the cycle of disruption and trauma it too often perpetuates.
Sanjeev Kumar is socially and economically empowering women from the poorest communities in the mountain and desert regions of India through the financially viable but often overlooked practice of small livestock husbandry. Sanjeev makes women the key drivers of the entire cycle of small livestock husbandry, from rearing to medical care, to sale at market, and is creating a cadre of skilled and economically independent women respected by their communities.
Alicia Leal, a Mexican educator, is fostering a social consciousness about violence against women. Alicia is empowering women to demand their human rights through her organization, Alternativas Pacificas (Peaceful Alternatives), and has established a multidisciplinary model for victim treatment to be implemented by the federal government.
Barbara Baran founded and leads a national self-help society of Polish women over the age of 40, who characteristically face discrimination when they re-enter the job market after interim periods as full-time mothers and homemakers. The Society teaches business and self-employment skills, builds self-confidence, provides job placement services and publicizes role models.
Adam Jagiello-Rusilowski is working to shift the behaviors of at-risk youth and change the pervasive influence of apathy that drains youth initiative. His model immerses young people of diverse backgrounds in a continuum of workshops fostering critical thinking skills, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Gilles Julien has redesigned the profession of the pediatrician to fundamentally transform today’s “sickness and disease” system into a health system that is truly preventive and community driven. Social pediatricians provide tools to communities and families that create a support network for children to embrace their physical, cognitive, emotional and cultural needs, and to guarantee that each child is monitored and supported as she/he develops.
Leila is creating and growing a grassroots movement led by students and heritage activists’ and cultural entrepreneurs to restore the vibrancy of the Medinas’ throughout Tunisia. She is doing this through creating an economic dynamic that speaks true to its heritage and increasing the cultural confidence of the people in their own country.