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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 1981, Dr. Luis Wannoni of Venezuela received the Abraham Horwitz Award in Inter-American Health from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation at the PAHO annual meeting.


Dr. Wannoni received his doctoral degree in physical and mathematical sciences in 1938 from the Central University of Venezuela. Upon graduation, he began his professional career with the Division of Malariology of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Venezuela. There he developed an interest in the role water and sanitation plays in the transmission of diseases. Dr. Wannoni then attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and graduated with a master's degree in science in 1941. Upon his return to Venezula, he joined the Division of Sanitary Engineering within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.  In 1947, Dr. Wannoni became the president of the National Institute of Sanitary Works (INOS). In 1948, he set up his private practice in sanitary engineering. In practice private, he conducted various technical studies and projects ranging from the water treatment plant in Port Ordaz to the marginal collector of the Guaire River, and to the integrated development of the urbanization of La Lagunita.

From 1948 until his retirement in 1973, Dr. Wannoni taught courses in hygiene and sanitation at his alma mater,  the Central University of Venezuela.   He was author of numerous works on hydraulics, environmental sanitation, urban planning, and housing. For his contributions to improved sanitation and hygiene, he was conferred various awards in addition to the Horwitz Award, including the Andrés Bello and Francisco of Miranda Award First Class, Gentleman of the Legion of Honor in France, the Medal of Honor from the Scientific Venezuelan Research Institute, and the 1976 AIDIS International Award. In 1976, the Venezuelan Association of Sanitary Engineering created the Luis Wannoni Lander Award to honor this champion of sanitation and hygiene.