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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Grants Program 

In FY2005, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation supported health initiatives consistent with its mission to combat disease, lengthen life, improve health care services, foster health research, and enhance the capacities of health care workers primarily in the Americas through 51 grants and donations of medicines totaling more than $8.8 million. Below is a selected list of our grants.

Behavior change communication. To design and implement country-level Communication-for-Behavioral Impact (COMBI) programs for the prevention and control of selected communicable diseases in at least four developing countries over the next 2 years. Parasite worm control is the focus in Brazil and Nicaragua: $135,000 to the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).

Parasite worm control. To determine the extent of the problem posed by intestinal worms in Belize in order to determine which public health actions must be implemented and where: $40,000 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Nursing education. To provide scholarships as well as uniforms, books, and nursing kits for nursing students. These women will return to their villages in Michoacán State, where no health care is available, to provide health services to the Perupecha indigenous communities: $20,000 to the Stella Maris School of Nursing (Zacapu, Mexico).

Medical education. To improve the capabilities and expertise of physicians through the Towards a New Medical Professionalism: Reorienting Medical Education Project resulting in strengthened national health care systems better able to provide quality, accessible health services to the people of Latin America: $174,250 to Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Tsunami recovery. To support psychosocial and mental health activities in the areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake: $58,158 to the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).

Food safety. To sponsor the keynote speaker at the annual food safety conference at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico through the Eduardo R. Mendez Memorial Fund. The speech was about pulsed electric fields (PEF) processing of milk and its implementation at the industrial level. The fund supports organizations and projects in the Republic of Mexico that improve health and nutrition, food science, and nutrition education while enhancing the well-being of the Mexican people: $1500 to Dr. Gustavo V. Barbosa-Cánovas (Puebla, Mexico).

Cervical cancer. To evaluate the population effectiveness of the low cost cervical cancer screening technology (Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid [VIA] test) in a low-resource setting in San Martín, Peru: $1.34 million to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Aging. To support the expanding network of Latin American universities that are establishing programs in aging in collaboration with the Latin American Academy of Medicine for Older Adults (ALMA): $91,270 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Aging/Disaster Recovery. To repair the roof of the Richmond Home for the Elderly destroyed by a hurricane: $2850 to the Ministry of Health and the Environment (Grenada).

Bioethics. To support the proposed work entitled “Treatment of personal data on genome research: bioethical, legal and social aspects”: $10,000 to Professor Patricia Sorokin (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Chronic Diseases, Diabetes. To expand the Central America Diabetes Initiative (CAMDI) to Panama and Belize; this phase involves a survey to determine the prevalence of obesity, sedentary life style, and behavioral risk factors for noncommunicable diseases: $57,336 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Blood safety. To strengthen the national blood collection systems of Guatemala and Paraguay: $93,650 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Oral health. To promote the salt fluoridation method in Latin America to prevent dental caries through a technical publication: Spanish version to be produced by the Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program (PALTEX)/PAHEF. $19,250. English version to be produced by the Pan American Health Organization: $16,750. (WHO for the Americas).

Emergency care. To cover medical expenses for three emergency cases with complex pathologies. Fundación Metrofraternidad has created a partnership fund within PAHEF to sustain and expand its basic and vital health services for the most needy, especially those living in the periurban communities of Quito: $9120 to Fundación Metrofraternidad (Quito, Ecuador).

Drug safety. To support the Drug Regulatory Harmonization and Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas through 13 grants for all aspects of quality, safety, and efficacy of pharmaceuticals and their effect on quality of life and health care of people in the Americas through participation in a variety of conferences and courses (Argentina, Dominican Republic, Panamá, Uruguay, Washington DC): $60,217 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

Public health laboratory. To provide training to microbiology laboratory personnel and supplies to the public health laboratory in Aceh Province, Indonesia. The American Society for Microbiology has partnered with PAHEF to support aid and reconstruction efforts in countries affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004: $30,000 to the World Health Organization (Jakarta, Indonesia).

Chronic diseases, Healthy Life Styles. To launch the multinational campaign Healthy People: Healthy Lives, Better Lives with the popular TV personality known throughout the Americas, Don Francisco, to build awareness about the problems of obesity and the importance of healthy life styles in Latin America: $14,765 to the Pan American Health Organization (WHO for the Americas).

HIV/AIDS. To support the development and implementation of culturally-appropriate methods to inform the Munduruku indigenous community in the central Amazon basin in Brazil about prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS in cooperation with the: $48,330 to Amazon-Africa Aid (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) and its partner Fundação Esperança (Santarem, Brazil).

Indigenous Health, Cervical Cancer. To implement selective monitoring and screening for cervical cancer of women in Guarani indigenous communities of the Central Region of Misiones: $13,200 to the Universidad Nacional de Misiones (Posadas, Argentina).

Infection Control. To develop an integrated infection control and antibiotic utilization program in seven hospitals in the cities of La Paz and El Alto: $45,895 to the National Health Laboratory Institute (INLASA) (La Paz, Bolivia).

Infection Control. To create a module for teaching nursing students about infections and how to control them and to integrate the module into the university’s curriculum: $16,700 to the Elizabeth School of Nursing at the Catholic University (Cochabamba, Bolivia).

Infection Control. To develop manuals on infection control and an infection control curriculum for medical and nursing students at Universidad Adventista del Plata and to integrate the work of the regional microbiology laboratory with infection control and antibiotic use among public and private hospitals in Libertador San Martín, Diamante, Ramirez, and Crespo in the Entre Ríos province of Argentina: $15,000 to the Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Adventista del Plata ( Libertador San Martín, Argentina).

Indigenous Health, Postpartum Care. To develop a local strategy that addresses the perspective of indigenous communities and cultural and health system barriers in order to increase coverage of postpartum care among indigenous communities: $50,000 to the Institute of Nutrition of Central America & Panama (INCAP) (Guatemala).

Indigenous Health, Behavior Change Communication. To improve the intake of a fortified supplement in indigenous children in Guerrero identified through the Oportunidades Program through a behavior change communication strategy: $25,000 to the National Institute of Public Health (Mexico City, Mexico).

River Blindness. In partnership with PAHO and Merck Inc., to distribute nearly 4.3 million Mectizan tablets to various health institutions through 8 donations of Mectizan in six countries in Latin America: market value of $6.4 million (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela).