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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

Rewarding Excellence, Encouraging Leadership... » The Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health 

In 1980, Dr. Hernando Groot was recognized for his outstanding work in tropical public health at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization through the Abraham Horwitz Award in Inter-American Health.

Dr. Hernando Groot and the certificate of merit for the 1980 Abraham Horwitz Award in Inter-American Health.

He has served as the Permanent Secretary and Honorary Member of the Colombian Academy of Medicine. He received medical degree from the National University Colombia and his masters in public health at Harvard University. Dr. Groot returned to Colombia in 1943 to conduct research in tropical health with a focus on Trypanosoma rangeli, specifically on its life cycle and that of its vector--triatomine insects. More recently, his concerns have revolved around arbovirus.

Dr. Groot helped establish the University of the Andes. Honors are the Donald McKay Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the 2000 Life Prize for a Scientist from the Colombian Academy of Science, the 2001 National Award for Scientific Merit from the Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of ten scientific institutios, including those in Spain and Belgium.