The Cancer Society of the Bahamas
Cancer Society of the Bahamas Received the Clarence Moore Award for Volunteerism in Health Services

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The Pan American Health and Education Foundation presented this year's Clarence H. Moore Award to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas for its outstanding work and leadership in the fight against cancer. Cancer is the third leading cause of death among men and women of the Bahamas. This year the Award was shared with Ruben Pancca Jarandilla of Bolivia.

Annually, the prestigious Moore Award recognizes outstanding contributions to health by national or local non-governmental or private voluntary organizations or persons in areas related to the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) program of work. A certificate and cash prize of $1,000 were presented in a national ceremony held on February 20 at the headquarters of the Cancer Society. Dr. Ronald Knowles, Minister of Health of Bahamas presented the Award to Mrs. Judy Ward Carter, President of the Cancer Society. Knowles noted that since the establishment of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas in 1976, it has provided an invaluable service in educating the public about cancer – its prevention and treatment. "This award that acknowledges outstanding voluntary contributions by NGOs or individuals in areas of health relevant to the programme of work of PAHO is well deserved," observed Knowles.

Among national health and local authorities attended the ceremony were Dr. Richard Van-West Charles, PAHO/WHO Representative, Mrs. Sylvia Scriven, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

Clarence H. Moore was a distinguished public administrator serving in the United Nations, PAHO, and the Foundation. A man of high idealism and altruistic motivation whose formative years were colored by the Great Depression. He believed that collective action, both through the public sector and on a voluntary basis, could play a leading role in fighting poverty and maintaining human dignity.

As a public foundation based in Washington, DC, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation raises funds for public health needs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation works closely with its partner, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization for the Region of the Americas, to combat disease, vaccinate children, improve sanitation, make safe drinking water available, improve maternal/child care, and expand medical care services, health research and the training of healthcare students and workers.

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