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Public Health Awards Nomination Period Now Open
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PAHO-PAHEF Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards Nomination Period Open Through June 28

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2013) – The nomination period for the 2013 PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health is now open.

Through the awards, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) recognize innovative individuals, programs, institutions, and organizations advancing health in the Americas, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. The awards highlight key aspects of public health as a way to stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas.

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Donate to World Health Day Efforts
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World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure.

In a pressure filled planet, World Health Day reminds us that we must balance our lives…and our philanthropy. PAHEF has embarked on bold, new initiatives and hopes you’ll join us. Over the next two years, we want to raise funds to support projects that improve the public heath of ALL people in the Americas. Money raised will be allocated for grants and programs in late 2013/early 2014.

Read more: Donate to World Health Day Efforts

Looking Ahead at PAHEF
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Don Tharpe

2012 was a year of transition at PAHEF. We had several senior level staff leave the organization, including our president. I was pleased to take on the task, as interim president, of helping the organization regroup and prioritize to be sure we are meeting our mission of improving health in the Americas.

2013 will be a year of rebuilding and refocusing. PAHEF will be searching for a permanent president and restructuring staff and the board to be sure we are positioned as an organization with a clearly defined mission to meet an important need in the region. 

During this process, PAHEF will continue to support our constituents – the people of the Americas – in the areas of health education, childhood obesity and nutrition, infection control and neglected tropical diseases.

Read more: Looking Ahead at PAHEF

PAHEF Seeks Funding to Further Fight Against Meningococcal Disease
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SIREVA II: Improving Surveillance and Characterization of Meningococcal Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean Region

SIREVA II: Improving Surveillance and Characterization of Meningococcal Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Phase II: Detection, Risk-Assessment, Information and Response

Since 2008, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) began collaborating with technical experts at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen successful regional surveillance systems such as the Antimicrobial Resistance Network or the Surveillance System for the Bacterial Agents Responsible for Pneumonia and Meningitis (SIREVA II), which is continuing to collect relevant laboratory and epidemiological data on Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Neisseria meningitidis. The real extent of its devastation—the financial cost and the cost of lives—has yet to be truly identified—and you and your company can help us.

PAHEF is seeking more than $2 million (one or more donors) in funding for the next phase of the project to strengthen the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory-based surveillance of meningococcal disease in Latin America and the Caribbean for SIREVA II, Phase II.

Read more: PAHEF Seeks Funding to Further Fight Against Meningococcal Disease

Donate for International Women's Day, March 8th
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Honor your favorite woman on International Women's Day, March 8th, by making a contribution to our new “Child and Maternal Health Grants Program.”  

In 2013, PAHEF launched a $5M Campaign (over two years) for improving the health of women and children in the Americas. Money raised will be allocated for grants and programs in late 2013/early 2014.

Read more: Donate for International Women's Day, March 8th

Coming Soon: Opening of the 2013 Awards for Excellence
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The nomination period for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program will open soon.

Stay tuned!

 
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