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Néstor Mendieta, a doctor by training, has created schools to train leaders of community-based health care organizations. The schools assist local community health programs to gain access to the newly privatized health maintenance organization funds in Colombia and to develop sustainable health care programs within their communities.
Sachidanand Bharati, a key Chipko activist and environmental crusader, is organizing women into groups of green police, the Mahila Mangal Dals, to create and manage "forests of water" in the drought hit Himalayas. His water management system combines traditional methods found throughout India with new, homegrown techniques and aims to halt the famine and degradation of forest lands in the Himalayan region through locally initiated and managed conservation programs.
Phil Conway is redefining the industry around the care of disabled children by introducing a flexible, personalized model of care based on the real needs of the clients. Recognizing that, like all children, disabled children need “fun, friendship and fresh air,” he is using modern recruitment techniques to bring entirely new types of carers into the system: Open-minded, energetic young people.
Remigio Muñoz has developed an outpatient Therapeutic Community treatment program for recovering drug abusers and dependents. His goal is to change society's understanding about why addiction occurs and how it can be prevented.
In Sweden math education for children has stagnated, with math often perceived by young students as something alien, difficult, and irrelevant. A downward sloping performance curve in the Swedish school system has resulted in a substantial gap between what skills the working world demands from their employees and what skills children possess.
After earning masters in public health at Johns Hopkins University(USA), Drs. Abhay and Rani Bang are launching a program in India that promises significant changes both in the public delivery of services and in public health priorities and policy.
Joe Williams learned from experience that social isolation often drives former offenders back into lives of crime. He has introduced a program to address ex-offenders’ unique emotional needs through established social networks.
Wichian Chaiyabang is pushing alternative education into the mainstream. Through a cost-effective model in one of Thailand’s poorest rural communities, he is training public school teachers and administrators to revise their classroom practices and raise their expectations of public education.
In the late 1980s, as many as 60,000 Sri Lankan citizens “disappeared” in a wave of abductions, torture, and extrajudicial killings by state agents. Though the political climate of the country has since improved, society remains silent about the killings, stifling any chance of justice for the victims and stunting the entire field of human rights.