PAHEF & PAHO Honored Innovative Public Health Figures Who Are Advancing Health in the Americas

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 14:34
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PAHEF & PAHO Honored Innovative Public Health Figures Who Are Advancing Health in the Americas

WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2010) – Innovative public health leaders whose work has improved health in the Americas were honored at the invitation-only PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Event in Washington, DC, last night. Award winners were recognized before an audience of ambassadors, ministers of health, U.S. government officials, and top-level company executives. The awards are cosponsored by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).    

The event took place concurrently with the 50th PAHO Directing Council, in which ministers of health and other high-level health authorities from throughout the Western Hemisphere meet to set regional health priorities.

Seven awardees were recognized, including:

Dr. Carlos Monteiro, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Monteiro received the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health in recognition of his outstanding 30-year career in the nutrition field. His studies on the link between poverty and obesity in developing countries have  shaped policies and programs around the world.

Dr. Paulina Taboada, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile Dr. Taboada received the Manuel Velasco Suárez Award for Excellence in Bioethics for her proposal “Ethical issues related to end-of-life sedation.” Her proposal focuses on five ethical criteria medical professionals, especially those in Latin America, could use when determining the use of palliative sedation for patients at the end-of-life.

Dr. Maria Fátima de Sousa, University of Brasília, Brazil. Dr. Sousa received the newly-created Sérgio Arouca Award for Excellence in Universal Health Care. She has dedicated her career to strengthening Brazil’s public health system and has strongly influenced a variety of initiatives and programs including the Community Health Agents Program, Family Health Program, and the Basic Health Care Information System.
            
The Peruvian League against Cancer, Peru The Peruvian League against Cancer received the Clarence H.Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service. The League is a private nonprofit with 18 branches nationwide that served more than 143,000 patients in 2009. A major player in advocating cancer prevention and early detection in Peru, the organization relies heavily on the dedication and passion of its volunteers.

Dr. Luisa Zanolli Moreno, University of São Paulo, Brazil Dr. Moreno received the Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health for her thesis, “Molecular epidemiology of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from different sources in Brazil.” Her thesis explored the role that this potentially fatal foodborne pathogen has on Brazil’s pork industry.

The PAHO Award for Administration was presented to Dr. Elsa Yolanda Palou, Chief, Infectious Diseases Services, National Cardio-Pulmonary Institute, Honduras and the PAHO Champion of Health Award was presented to Fernando Javier Sendra from Argentina who is the creator of the Yo, Matías comic.

The PAHO/PAHEF event was held at the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States. For more than 30 years, PAHEF and PAHO have recognized and awarded individuals who have dedicated their lives to advancing public health and health care in the Americas. This is the second time PAHEF and PAHO will present the awards in an evening event.
PAHEF, renowned for supporting health-related projects in the Western Hemisphere, is currently focusing efforts on combating the alarming rise of chronic diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of PAHO’s Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health.