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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 

At the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Inés Durana of Colombia was presented the 1982 Abraham Horwitz Award in Inter-American Health in Washington DC for her contribution to improved health in the Americas. 

Dr. Durana graduated from the School of Nursing at the National University in Bogotá in 1953. Three years later, she Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the U.S. International Cooperation Administration (the precursor of the US Agency for International Development). Other educational honors included a public health certificate in nursing and nursing education from the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (USPHS), a master of science in nursing (MSN) focusing on administration of services at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and received her doctorate degree (PhD) in industrial education at the University of Maryland.  

At the National University in Bogotá, she served as the director of the former Upper National School of Nurses and founded and was the dean of the School of Nursing between 1958 and 1963. She then went to Valle University to be the director of the department of nursing where she remained until 1969. Through a program of the Rockefeller Foundation, she was a visiting professor at the University of Ramatibodi in Bangkok, Thailand and the University of Unaza in Kinshasa, Zaire from 1972 to 1978. Her next professional assignment was as comanager of the Program of Primary Health Care formed by the Colombian-Dutch Agreement in the National Territories of Colombia. She then moved on and founded household nursing services in Bogotá.  In 1996, Dr. Durana was appointed professor of nursing at the Francis Paine Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western University in Ohio, USA. She has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization and PAHO. The Exalumnosus Association of the National University presented Dr. Durana with the 2000 National Award for Excellence, Professional Merit in Life Sciences. 

To close the gap between clinic practice and education, the Inés Durana Samper Award was created in recognition for her life devoted to promoting nursing in Colombia and in other countries. This distinction is presented every two years. A jury reviews the qualifications and personal history of nurses who has helped develop nursing in Colombia and is recognized both inside and outside Colombia.