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, honors Dr. Sérgio Arouca, a Brazilian national, public health professional, and legislator. Throughout his career, Dr. Arouca championed innovative public health practices and was elected to the Brazilian National Congress as a federal representative of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

This Award acknowledges the importance of universal health care and its impact on the peoples of the Americas. It is part of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health program, a joint program of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The Secretary of Health in Brazil and PAHEF, in cooperation with PAHO, created this award to honor the outstanding legacy of Dr. Sérgio Arouca.

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.

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) will accept nominations for programs, institutions, or individuals that have contributed to expanding access to universal, high-quality health care, especially primary care, in one or more of the following:

a) the development of a policy and/or national strategy of health for all;
b) the promotion of health programs that have made considerable advances in increasing the coverage and quality of care;
c) improving the effectiveness of the management of health systems;
d) the development of policies and/or health and ethical legislation in the framework of a nation’s health structure;
e) innovative programs that target socially-excluded and geographically-disadvantaged populations;
f)  innovatively-designed programs in the field of education and formalized training of health care workers with the aim of expanding universal health care;
g) efficacy in efforts to interest communities in the planning, management, and appraisal of health programs; and
h) the preparation and execution of relevant research on primary health systems.

The award also aims to encourage dedication to the highest standards of study and professionalism.

The award consists of a cash prize, certificate of honor, and a symbolic representation of the award. The awardee is invited to attend the annual meeting of the PAHO Directing Council and will be a guest of honor at PAHO/PAHEF’s awards program event in Washington, DC. In the event an institution or program is awarded, one representative will be invited to participate in these activities. The awardee will be able to address ministers of health of the hemisphere, their delegations, and invited guests of PAHO at Directing Council with a speech on the topic of universal health care.

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Nomination Deadline 07.20.2012 17:00 hs -3
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