The Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence in Voluntary Service

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Created in 1989, the Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence in Voluntary Service recognizes the work of the voluntary/nongovernmental sector in improving the lives of the peoples of the Americas and advancing the public health sector. Throughout the Americas, the role of civil society has grown and evolved. Partnerships between civil society, the public sector, business, and the international community can be effective mechanisms for social development. In the area of health, such partnerships are being viewed as important constructs for equity and sustainability.

Mr. Clarence H. Moore was the chief of the Pan American Health Organization Office of Budget and Finance from 1957 to 1968 and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation’s executive director from its founding in 1968 until his death in 1988. In recognition of Mr. Moore’s work, the Clarence H. Moore Award was created. This award highlights the benefits that the voluntary/non-governmental sector contributes to the public health mission and to improving the lives of the peoples of the Americas, calling attention to the achievements of non-governmental organizations performing work in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve public health.

Watch an interview with Rosario Castillo, the executive director of Popular Education in Health Foundation (Fundación Educación Popular en Salud, EPES), the 2012 award recipient (in Spanish):


The award is one of six in the PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, which was established in 1975.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region