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    Salima Sarwar's efforts to assist village women plant and own valuable trees helps not only to empower women and increase their incomes, but helps restore environmental balance in rural Bangladesh as well.

    Deep prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS in India leads to patterns of discrimination and maltreatment even in the hospitals they depend on for treatment and care. Dr. Glory Alexander resolves to end medical discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients by educating hospital staff and the patients themselves, using her successes as a lever to push for tolerance in all spheres of Indian life.

    Jason McLennan is creating incentives and new practices so that the built environment improves health and well-being, while increasing our access to a diverse and productive natural world.

    In semi-urban and rural Bangladesh, where blood for critical operations is in short supply, Laila Arzumand Banu is setting up financially self-sufficient blood banks that significantly reduce the cost to patients whose lives depend on affordable blood.

    Using a wiki-based platform, Amitay Korn is enhancing citizens’ access to information about their rights and the availability of related government-funded entitlements and citizen sector initiatives and services.

    Mariana Galarza combines natural medicine and homeopathy with modern techniques to give under-served citizens tools they need to take control of their own health. She is also working with medical schools, doctors, and state agencies to encourage a move away from simply curing disease to a system of prevention and well-being.

    Globally, only one out of 20 people who need an organ transplant receive it. While in countries such as the US the wait time to receive an organ is of 3.6 years, in Spain it doesn’t exceed eight months. Rafael Matesanz designed and implemented an innovative and efficient organ donation and transplantation system in Spain, placing the country at the very top of the organ donation list (with 36.0 donors per million people).

    James Wuye, a Christian pastor and Imam Mohammed Ashafa, a Muslim cleric, are working together to end violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Their goal is to achieve peaceful coexistence through inter-faith cooperation and community education.  

    In Thailand’s Deep South, Muhammad Ayub Pathan is empowering the silent majority to speak up for peace in the face of violent armed conflict. By broadening the participation of stakeholders, including women, youth, and both extremes of the conflict, Muhammad-Ayub is enabling communities affected by violence to foster the necessary conditions for initiating and sustaining peace.

    Nine out of ten Information and Communications Technology (ICT) users in Nigeria are men and men hold eight out of ten jobs in the ICT industry. In a country with an overwhelming bias against women in technology, Oreoluwa Somolu is working to bridge the gender digital divide and increase the number of women working with technology to earn a living.