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In a main intersection hallway of the Metrocentro mall in Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua, you will find a green and white booth that looks like it might take your photo. Instead, it takes your blood pressure, temperature, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, vision information, and weight. Estación Vital, founded by Marcos Lacayo Bosche, provides the "vital station" and these services either free of charge or at very low cost as part of a focused effort to shift Nicaraguans’ approach to their health: from reactive to proactive, from negative to positive. 

"We were the catalysts between the systems and the communities to bring them together … and therefore we could save more lives of women and children" - Dr. Armida Fernandez, Ashoka Fellow and SNEHA Founder.

"As a rural doctor, many times you find yourself without help, and a lot of times you feel very alone and scared because you're making decisions that ultimately could result in the loss of a life. That feeling of being alone and unsure isn't spoken about a lot in medicine. We're making sure that other doctors don't need to go through what we went through."

-- Dr. Mohammed Dalwai

The first 28 days of a newborn’s life are critical. Globally, 45% of deaths of under-five years old happen during this period. Prasanta Tripathy is addressing this issue.