|A Dear Friend of the Pan American Health Organization Turns 90|
A dear friend of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Plutarco Naranjo Vargas, has just turned 90. He is a prestigious Ecuadorian physician and public health expert, world-renowned for his extensive experience.
A prolific writer, Dr. Naranjo has published dozens of books and over 500 scientific articles in national and foreign journals. He has also served as Ecuador's Director of Social Security and Minister of Health.
Dr. Plutarco Naranjo Vargas at PAHO to receive the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter American Public Health, in 1993.
In the international sphere, in 1990 he served as President of the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) and as a member of medical academies and corporations abroad. In 1993, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) in Washington, D.C., bestowed on him the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter American Public Health during the 37th PAHO Directing Council Meeting. In 2002, during the PAHO centennial, our representation in Ecuador acknowledged his efforts over the years by naming him a Public Health Hero.
Another important facet of Dr. Naranjo's work has been his historical research. His work in ethnomedicine in Ecuador and traditional aboriginal medicine has made a substantial scientific and historical contribution to the field of medical anthropology.
Dr. Naranjo's scientific work, moreover, touches on numerous health and nutrition issues. In this field, he has studied the properties of certain plants grown in the Americas that also have a place in history, such as the potato, manioc, corn, and beans.
Through his tireless visionary work, Dr. Plutarco Naranjo has set an example for new generations that will inspire them to continue his illustrious legacy.
Mirta Roses Periago