Know A Hero: His Name Is Mechai Viravaidya, But You Can Call Him Mr. Condom

Morgan Shoaff
A round of applause for Mechai Viravaidya! No, really. The guy's a genius. Since the 1970s, he's been raising the standard of living in Thailand through bold and innovative programs in family planning and poverty reduction — and the results are remarkable. But perhaps the way he's done it is the greatest part of all. Hint: It involves taxi drivers, balloons, monks, Coca-Cola, and laughter.

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