The Sérgio Arouca Award for Excellence in Universal Health Care

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The Sérgio Arouca Award for Excellence in Universal Health Care, created in 2010, acknowledges the importance of universal health care and its impact on the peoples of the Americas. Providing universal health care that guarantees access to quality medical care for all citizens of a country requires a strong underlying structure that delivers services efficiently and equitably. It puts the health of its people first, regardless of an individual's economic or social situation. This award recognizes leaders who have dedicated their efforts to advance, influence, and strengthen universal health-care programs in the region.

One such leader was Dr. Sérgio Arouca, who was a Brazilian national public health professional, physician, scholar, and legislator. Throughout his career, Dr. Arouca supported innovative public health practices and tirelessly championed universal health care, working at the National School of Public Health, as Secretary of Health of Rio de Janeiro, and as Secretary of Social Participation in the Ministry of Health, Brazil. The Secretary of Health in Brazil and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, in cooperation with the Pan American Health Organization, created this award to honor the outstanding legacy of Dr. Sérgio Arouca.

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

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