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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

About the Foundation

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is a public philanthropic organization working to combat disease, lengthen life, improve health care services, foster health research, and enhance the capacities of health care workers primarily in the Americas through grant-making and direct program implementation.

It is a United States not-for-profit organization that enjoys a unique relationship with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) an international public health agency that also acts as the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Foundation has valuable experience in administering health-related grants and in cross-border grant making.

In addition to its experience in grant making, PAHEF presents five international awards that recognize excellence in inter-American health, community service, health literature, veterinary public health, and bioethics. The Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program (PALTEX), a joint program of the Foundation and the PAHO, provides affordable medical and health science books and basic diagnostic instruments to students and health workers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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All PAHEF board members and staff sign a conflict of interest statement and agree to abide by PAHEF's conflict of interest policy.