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    Ifeoma Okoye is improving the prospects for infrastructure and human resource development in the health care sector in Nigeria and Africa by creating a framework for sponsored clinical drug trials that will make the continent an offshore outsourcing destination for ethical clinical trials.

    Stacey Epperson is increasing access to affordable housing by creating a value chain that connects manufactured housing companies to providers of low-income housing. In this scalable model, manufacturers are serving a new market while non-profit housing organizations are finding market-based solutions to affordable housing.

    Pregaluxmi Govender founded a model workers' college supported by the independent trade union movement. The trade union movement has historically reflected the hierarchies of race, gender and class in South African society in its leadership. The college is designed to help redress these inequalities. In the first democratic elections of May 1994, Pregaluxmi was elected as an ANC member to the national parliament.

    Saadya El Wafy is promoting development in squatter areas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that are often ignored. She convenes stakeholders in a framework of civil district councils and empowers communities to alleviate poverty. The first Saudi woman to found a community-based civil society organization in the country, Saadya is pioneering a new level of community mobilization towards development and a heightened awareness of poverty throughout the country.

    Marginalization is one of the main factors contributing to the cycles of unemployment, violence, and social unrest in impoverished urban and suburban areas. Allaoui Guenni is using sports as a catalyst to bring down the walls surrounding local populations, build bridges to employment and social integration, facilitate conflict resolution, and ultimately pacify relationships within society.

    Simone works with public healthcare workers and enables them to engage empathically, identify and treat common mental illnesses in pregnant and postnatal women. She founded and directs the Perinatal Mental Health Project which empowers pregnant women and new mothers from disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

    Zahed is striving to reduce health care costs in Bangladesh by curbing the use of nonessential prescription drugs.

    Drawing upon the experience of her own child, Elzbieta Pomaska-Skrzypczak is improving the quality of care given to children with cancer and to their families at all stages of their struggle with the disease, serving her clients' psychological and social needs while reinforcing their medical care. She has developed an innovative coalition between the Polish business community and the health care system.

    Vandana Gopikumar has successfully demonstrated that one can develop treatment, care and rehabilitation strategies for mentally ill homeless women, using the community care approach, both in urban and rural areas. Vandana’s model has been widely and independently replicated, and has laid the foundations for her endeavours in building a cadre of non-specialized mental health work force to transform the standards of treatment in India.

    Alejandro Camino, an anthropologist by training, addresses development challenges common to the high mountain regions of the Andes and the Himalayas, by promoting exchange and cooperation between the traditional mountain peoples.