Ambassadors, Ministers of Health, and Fortune 500 Companies Came Together for First Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards Event
Awards Recognize Public Health Achievements in Latin America and the Caribbean

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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The event brought together ministers of health, ambassadors from PAHO Member States, and top-level executives from Fortune 500 companies, among others, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward improving the health and well-being of the people of the Americas.

MOH_250Dr. Caroline Chang, Minister of Public Health, Ecuador and Dr. Juan Manzur, Minister of Health, Argentina


- Dr. Benjamin Caballero, Chair, PAHEF; Dr. Guilherme Luiz Guimaraes Borges, winner of the Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Health Literature; Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization

For over 30 years, PAHEF has recognized individuals dedicating their lives to advancing public health and health care in the Americas. This marks the first time PAHEF and PAHO presented the awards in an evening event.

Awards given included:

Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health

Former minister of health of Peru, Dr. Eduardo A. Pretell Zárate, now Regional Coordinator for the Americas, International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, won for his many scientific accomplishments including defining that iodine deficiency during pregnancy and lactation results in brain damage and mental retardation in newborns.

Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Health Literature

Dr. Guilherme Luiz Guimaraes Borges, Senior Researcher, Department of Intervention Studies, National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico won for his groundbreaking research and paper, "Traumatic Events and Suicide-Related Outcomes among Mexico City Adolescents."

Clarence H. Moore Award for Voluntary Service

Argentina-based REDLACTRANS (Latin American and Caribbean Transgender Network) won for their work in advancing the rights of transgender, transsexual, and transvestite people throughout the Region.

Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Public Health

Dr. Ilane Hernández Morales, from Mexico, received the Pedro N. Acha Award for Veterinary Health for her undergraduate work and thesis, "Preparation and Assessment of a DNA Vaccine Versus Salmonella enterica Serovar Enteritidis Outer Membrane Protein A (OmpA) in Laying Hens."

"First-rate health research and advancements are happening throughout Latin America and the Caribbean," says Edward Kadunc, executive director of PAHEF. "Tonight's awards demonstrate that the rest of the world is taking notice of this exceptional work and the Region is receiving well-deserved attention for these accomplishments."

Nominations for the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health open February 1, 2010.

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Nomination Deadline 06.15.2012 17:00 hs 28
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