|PAHO, PAHEF Honor Public Health Leaders for Outstanding Contributions in the Americas|
U.S. Peace Corps also recognized for 50 years of voluntary service
Washington, D.C., 26 September 2011 (PAHO/WHO) — Health leaders from countries throughout the Americas were honored today by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) for their contributions to improving public health and advancing health science in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The PAHO-PAHEF awards are presented annually to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations in key areas of public health including leadership and administration, health literature, veterinary public health, voluntary service, bioethics, and universal health care. .
In addition, special recognition is being given this year to the U.S. Peace Corps, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Congressman Silvestre Reyes of Texas.
This year’s PAHO-PAHEF awards and winners are:
In addition, PAHO/WHO will also give special recognition at tonight’s award ceremony to:
The PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health were established in 1975 to honor dedicated professionals who have led the way in advancing health conditions in the Americas during the last century and to stimulate the growth of the rising generation of leaders working to improve health and health care in the Americas.
The PAHO Directing Council meets each year to set priorities for regional cooperation in health and to guide PAHO/WHO’s technical cooperation programs in its Member States.
About PAHEF: The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is dedicated to improving health in the Americas through health promotion, education, and training. Founded in 1968, PAHEF is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) public charity that works with the PAHO and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities. With a deep knowledge of major health concerns and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, PAHEF builds successful partnerships and projects that advance health in the Americas. For more information regarding PAHEF, please visit: www.pahef.org
About PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world’s oldest international public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people of the hemisphere and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information regarding PAHO/WHO, please visit: www.paho.org
PAHO: Donna Eberwine-Villagrán, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 202-974-3122
PAHEF: Debora B. Freitas López, email@example.com, Tel. 202-974-3727; Vanessa Holsback, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 202-974-3416
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization