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Rewarding Excellence, Encouraging Leadership... » Veterinary Public Health 

Paola Rosa Murillo, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru

Pedro Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health Presented in Peru

Acha 1999 (1)

Lima, Peru (PAHO)— Dr. Paola Rosa Murillo Andrade was presented with the Pedro Acha Award, conferred annually by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation to support and encourage students in the veterinary and animal sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean to engage in veterinary public health research

The Award was for the thesis "Use of Sentinel Pigs in the Monitoring of Environmental Contamination with T. solium Eggs." Dr. Murillo is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos in Lima.

The award, consisting of a certificate and a check for US$ 1,000, was presented to Dr. Murillo in the name of the Foundation by Dr. Marie Andrée Diouf, Representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Peru.

Acha 1999 (2)

During the ceremony, Dr. Primo Arambulo III, Coordinator of the PAHO Program on Veterinary Public Health, spoke about the qualities and professional life of Dr. Pedro Acha, who for many years served in the PAHO Program on Veterinary Public Health as a public health veterinarian and expert in international health. Dr. Acha obtained his veterinary degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He then pursued graduate studies on a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which led to a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States. He began his successful international career at PAHO.

Dr. Acha was a member of the secretariat of numerous FAO/WHO Expert Committees, including those on rabies, zoonoses, hydatidosis, brucellosis, and veterinary medical education. He also served as a technical adviser to international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations], UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and was on the Board of Directors of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine.

"Pedro Acha helped develop a new perspective in veterinary medicine by conceptualizing new links between the health and agriculture sectors while considering economic and social aspects to improve the quality of life and health of all the peoples of the Americas," declared Dr. Arambulo

Acha 1999 (3)

The Award Ceremony was attended by representatives and educators from the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, the University Cayetano Heredia, the Universidad Alas Peruanas; professional groups, such as the Colegio Médico Veterinario, the Veterinarians' Association, and the Peruvian Academy of Veterinary Sciences; and from the health and agriculture sectors.

Acha 1999 (4)

Dr. Paola Rosa Murillo thanked the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and PAHO for this support to young veterinary health professionals in the Americas.

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation is a nonprofit public entity, headquartered in Washington, D.C, whose functions are to collect, administer, and distribute funds from international corporations, multilateral agencies, foundations, and individuals for joint projects with the Pan American Health Organization to improve health in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Pan American Health Organization, founded in 1902, works with all the countries in the Hemisphere to improve the health and well-being of their peoples.