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Health > Season 01 > Ayhan Tokgoz

Date: 20.12.2009 (Season 1 - Episode 12)

This Week's Changemaker; Ayhan Tokgoz Offers Health Services to Communities in Need

On 20 December 2009 Sabanci Foundation's "Turkey's Changemakers" program hosts Dr. Ayhan Tokgoz who has been working since 1986 in order to offer health services to communities in need.

In the hospital he founded in Izmit, patients can get a dental treatment, and a full body check-up for a fee as low as 50 Turkish cents (approximately 30 cents US). Patients can also take complimentary literacy courses in the hospital. Moreover, doctors go from door to door in their communities and identify those in need in order to provide them with free medicine.

Dr. Ayhan Tokgoz operates another clinic in Istanbul that charges higher fees to people who can afford it. Those funds are then used to serve less fortunate people, thus giving him the nickname, "Modern Robin Hood."

Dr. Tokgoz also tries to create an environmental impact, as they collect recyclable solid waste from schools and workplaces in Istanbul in order to protect the environment and to create funds for their services at the same time. Until today, 250 tons of solid waste were collected and thereby, 420 thousand patients were provided with health services. 140 thousand of these patients received complimentary treatment.

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