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Peru-based Research Article on Multidrug-Resistant TB Received Award for Excellence In Health Literature

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On behalf of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization representative in Peru presented the 2004 Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Health Literature to the authors of the winning article on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in metropolitan Lima. The award ceremony was held on March 14 at the PAHO/WHO Representative offices in Lima.

Dr. German Perdono congratulated Dr. Jaime Bayona-Garcia, the article’s principal author, and his research colleagues for their exceptional contributions they made as leaders and researchers in infectious-disease control in Latin America. Dr. Bayona thanked PAHEF and PAHO for recognizing the investigation that addresses TB, one of the major health problems in the Americas.

The article: “Contact investigation as a means of detection and timely treatment of persons with infectious multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis”, International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases 2003:7(12):S501-509, reports that individualized approach to TB therapy yielded the best results, and provides well-founded recommendations for the prevention and treatment of multidrug resistant TB. These findings have significant implications for clinicians and policymakers wherever drug resistant TB is a major problem.

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The lead author, Dr. Bayona, is a surgeon who received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the National University of Trujillo and a master's degree in public health at the Joint Centre for Public Health Studies of the Medical School of the University of Wales. He has broad experience in public health and epidemiology, especially as they apply to tuberculosis treatment and control.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Fred L. Soper who inaugurated the modern era of PAHO, and oversaw its integration with the World Health Organization. He served as PAHO Director from 1947 to 1959. It aims to stimulate excellence in medical and public health research.

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