Every year the Governments of the countries of the Americas, acting through their representatives in the meetings of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, confer the PAHO Award for Administration in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of administration within the framework of national health services.
This Award dates back to 1969, when the Executive Committee of PAHO, in its 61st Meeting, accepted a grant from Dr. Stuart Portner, former Chief of Administration of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, to institute an annual award for the purpose of contributing to the improvement of health administrative systems.
The original procedures and criteria for conferring the PAHO Award for Administration were adopted by the 18th Pan American Sanitary Conference in 1970 and successively amended by the 20th Pan American Sanitary Conference in 1978, the 27th Directing Council in 1980, the 24th Pan American Sanitary Conference in 1994, and the 41st Directing Council in 1999. Later, in June of 2004, the 134th session of the Executive Committee adopted Resolution CE134.R11 requesting the Secretariat to review the requirements, conditions, and procedures for conferring the PAHO Award for Administration.There was agreement on the need to develop criteria that better reflect the demands of the new millennium and the strategies with which the Secretariat and the Governments should address them. At the same time, the importance of having a larger, more diverse pool of candidates to permit a selection process consistent with these challenges was recognized.Therefore by Decision CE135(D6) of October 1, 2004, the 135th Session of the Executive Committee, approved the amendments to the procedures and selection criteria for conferral of the PAHO Award for Administration.A new revision of the selection procedures and guidelines was approved by Resolution CE140.R12 of June 28, 2007 during the 140th Session of the Executive Committee.
The procedures and criteria or guidelines for conferring the Award, as approved by the 18th Pan American Sanitary Conference (1970) and as amended by the 20th Pan American Sanitary Conference (1978), the 27th Meeting of the Directing Council (1980), the 24th Pan American Sanitary Conference (1994), the 41st Directing Council (1999), the 135th Session of the Executive Committee (2004), and the 140th Session of the Executive Committee (2007) are as follows: