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Bárbara Hott Harvey, Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

Chilean Receives the Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health

From L to R: Dr. Aníbal Vial, Dr. Plinio Gecele, Dra. Bárbara Hott, Dr. Jorge Crossley and Dr. Henri Jouval Jr.

On behalf of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Representative in Chile, Dr. Henri Jouval presented the Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health to Dr. Barbara Hott Harvey during a ceremony in Santiago on April 14, 2004. This annual award consists of a certificate and US$ 1,500. The award aims to encourage veterinary public health students to engage in veterinary public health research.

From L to R: Dr. Henri Jouval Jr., Dra. Bárbara Hott and Dr. Anibal Víal

The 2003 Award was given for the thesis "Aplicación de los Sistemas de Información Geográfica en la Descripción de Coglomerados y en los Análisis Espacial, Temporal y Espacio-temporal de Casos de Rabía en Tadarida brasiliensis en la Ciudad de Santiago". Dr. Hott Harvey is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University Santo Tomas in Santiago, Chile. Using the Geographical Information System (GIS), the thesis analyzed the distribution of rabies in bats in Santiago. The study demonstrates the potential of this tool for managers of rabies programs.

Dr. Jouval Jr. and winner

During the ceremony, Dr. Jouval spoke about the qualities and professional life of Dr. Pedro Acha, who served for many years as the Chief of PAHO's Veterinary Public HealthUnit. Other participants in the ceremony included Dr. Anibal Vial, Dean of the Universidad Santo Tomas; Dr. Jorge Crossley, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Plinio Gecele, Career Counselor; and representatives, educators and professional groups from the health and agriculture sectors in Chile. Dr. Hott thanked both the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and PAHO for this support of young veterinary health professionals in the Americas.

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