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PAHEF Thanks the Contributors to the Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards Ceremony and Dinner
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Various corporations from throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm and commitment to improving public health in the Western Hemisphere by contributing to the 2010 PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Event.

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Ambassadors, Ministers of Health, and Fortune 500 Companies Came Together for First Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards Event
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A nonprofit fighting for the rights of transgender people, a former minister of health from Peru, and a young female scientist, were among the honorees at last night's Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards ceremony and dinner. The awards are cosponsored by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to recognize those advancing public health and health care in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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Malaria Day in the Americas is November 6th
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Approximately 57% of people living within the Americas are at risk of malaria infection. To draw attention to the issue, Malaria Day in the Americas will be observed for the third consecutive year on November 6, 2009. It will be the platform upon which countries of the Region can engage in a year-round aggressive campaign against the disease.

As part of this year's event, PAHEF, PAHO, and The George Washington University are joining forces to host the Malaria in the Americas Forum 2009: "Counting Malaria Out" towards the 2010 Targets and the UN Millennium Development Goals. Additionally, Malaria Champions of the Americas will be recognized during the event. These “champions” are people, institutions, groups, or projects working to reduce the burden of malaria in the Western Hemisphere.

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2009 Malaria Champions of the Americas Named
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PAHEF partnered with the Pan American Health Organization and The George Washington University for the third annual Malaria Day in the Americas to honor individuals and organizations fighting malaria within Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Help Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti
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Help Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti

The Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever felt along the fault line, on January 12. The city is home to 2 million people, some of whom are the poorest in the Hemisphere. This already fragile country is reeling as thousands have lost their homes, businesses, and what few possessions they had.

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Mental Health Services Needed for Earthquake Survivors in Haiti
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After the January earthquake in Haiti, with the sequel of death and destruction, the survivors are facing formidable needs in several areas. Nearly 85% of the Port-au-Prince was leveled. People lost their homes, families, friends, and places of business—which can create a severe state of mental distress for survivors.

Mental health needs are of great importance, once the most immediate needs for food, shelter, and security are met. The organization of human and physical resources after an earthquake of this magnitude follows the general principles of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Guidelines in Emergency Settings.

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New Publication Commemorates Former PAHEF President
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The Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation is publishing a special report entitled, Research from the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) 1949 – 1999 as a special supplement to the Food and Nutrition Bulletin.

This special report is dedicated to Dr. Abraham Horwitz, president of PAHEF from 1988 – 2000. The report’s dedication reads in part: “to Dr. Abraham Horwitz, Director 1958 – 75 of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), administrative agency of INCAP. Without his unwavering encouragement and the support of his predecessor, Fred Soper, the research achievements described in this Special Report could not have occurred.”

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Plight of Obesity Weighs Heavy on Latin American Society
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Over the past three decades, children in Latin America have joined a global trend in increasing obesity and overweight levels. Since 1980, the obesity level has tripled in Mexico, and rates are rising in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and other countries in the region. The rising rates for obesity and overweight children are alarming, and pose a serious threat to Latin American society. Governments as well as public and private groups are getting involved in the fight against childhood obesity, and it is a top priority for the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF).

 

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Margaret Catley-Carlson Joins PAHEF Board of Directors
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Catley-Carlson-for-webThe PAHEF board of directors welcomes Margaret Catley-Carlson as the newest member. Mrs. Catley-Carlson is experienced in an array of health and development issues. She has served as the deputy executive director of UNICEF and as the deputy minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada. 

 

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A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region
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