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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 2007, PAHEF made a total of 34 grants for health projects in 14 countries primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean for a broad range of health areas such as  drug safety, indigenous health, parasitic diseases, vaccines, laboratory practices, and health worker training. Nine grants are supporting PAHEF Grants Program's priorities: Childhood Obesity & Nutrition and Healthy Aging.*

PAHEF continues its support of the Pan American Network for the Drug Regulatory Harmonization (PANDRH); its Secretariat is located at the PAHO/WHO Headquarters in Washington, D.C. PANDRH promotes harmonization of drug regulations in terms of quality, safety and efficacy thereby supporting improved quality of life and health care for the people of the member countries of the Americas. PANDRH also focuses on pharmaceutical quality at the laboratory, and helps assure that the best laboratory practices are implemented throughout the Americas. The PANDRH Professional Secretariat is. See below for PANDRH-related activities in 2007.

BRAZIL

*Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul: To address challenges and developing opportunities for health professionals and older people in southern Brazil. ($49,815)

*Federal Foundation of the Medical Scientist Faculty of Porto Alegre: To conduct a randomized controlled trial in a primary health care setting of dietary advice promoting healthy feeding of infants. ($50,000)

Onchocerciasis Program (Mectizan): In partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Merck Inc., to distribute Mectizan tablets to various health institutions to treat river blindness. ($120,000)

PANDRH/PAHO Best Laboratory Practices
To help support the costs of participants that attended two meetings in Rio de Janeiro in November. ($16,338)

CHILE

*Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile: To conduct a feasibility study as to whether a preschool welfare program can be adapted to ensure healthy growth of and long-term health for its preschoolers. ($49,960)

COSTA RICA

PANDRH/PAHO Drug Regulatory Harmonization: To help support the costs of participants that attended the Curso Nacional sobre el Uso Adecuado de la Guía para la Verificación de Buenas Practicas de Manufactura in San José in March. ($7900)

ECUADOR

Onchocerciasis Program (Mectizan): In partnership with PAHO and Merck Inc., to distribute Mectizan tablets to various health institutions to treat river blindness. ($421,500)

GUATEMALA

*Pan American Health Organization / Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP): To apply an intervention model for the prevention of childhood malnutrition through promotion of healthy diet and physical activity in elementary school children. ($49,880)

Onchocerciasis Program (Mectizan): In partnership with PAHO and Merck Inc., to distribute Mectizan tablets to various health institutions to treat river blindness. ($1,640,250)

PANDRH/PAHO Best Laboratory Practices: To help support the costs of two participants that attended the Quinta Reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorios or Sexto Curso de Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio in Guatemala City in May and June. ($25,759)

HONDURAS

PANDRH/PAHO Best Laboratory Practices
To help support the costs of participants that attended the Curso Nacional de Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio de Control Farmacéutico in Tegucigalpa in January and February. ($11,983)

JAMAICA

*INMED Partnerships for Children (USA) and INMED Caribbean: To develop a replicable, culturally appropriate, integrated pilot program (Lyrics for Life) in two schools in Trenchtown among 1,000 students, ages 7-11 years and their teachers and families to reduce obesity and form a solid foundation for future healthy lifestyles. ($25,000)

PAHO/WHO Representation Office in Jamaica
In partnership with Exxon, to purchase microscopes and fogging machines to enhance the effectiveness of the laboratory and vector control program. ($19,050)

LATIN AMERICAN REGION

*Pan American Health Organization / Interamerican Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS): To improve the effectiveness of the social and health services for older adults in Latin America and the Caribbean. ($24,750)

Capitalization of the PAHO Revolving Fund for Sustainable Vaccine Supply to the Americas: In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to review the strategic positioning of the fund and revise projections of capital requirements for the introduction of new and underutilized vaccines such as rotavirus, Pneumococcus sp., seasonal influenza, and human papillomavirus. ($378,000)

MEXICO

*Mexican Social Security Institute: To determine the cost effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve recognition of depression in older persons. ($50,000)

Onchocerciasis Program (Mectizan): In partnership with Merck Inc., to distribute Mectizan tablets to various health institutions to treat river blindness. ($2,457,000)

Dr. Jorge Alberto Álvarez Díaz, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: For the research project: “Opinions on the hypothetical donation of embryos in patients who participated in assisted reproduction techniques (TRA) in Hispano-America.” ($10,000)
  

NICARAGUA

Fondo Indígena: To support the Indigenous Health Training Scholarship Program to award five scholarships for first year training at the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (URACCAN) leading to a specialization in intercultural management of health. ($15,000)

PANDRH/PAHO Best Laboratory Practices: To help support the costs of a participant that attended the Taller de HPLC y Disolución para Medicamentos ARV in Managua in May. ($2,644)

PARAGUAY

PANDRH/PAHO Pharmaceutical Forum Project Fund: To help support the costs of a participant that attended two meetings iin Asunción in August. ($975)

PERU

PANDRH/PAHO Drug Regulatory Harmonization: To help support the costs of the Curso Nacional de Buenas Prácticas Clínicas iin Lima in October. ($23,933)

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

*University of West Indies: To develop and evaluate a collaborative model addressing nutrition and healthy lifestyles to be incorporated in the national school curriculum. ($50,000)

URUGUAY

PANDRH/PAHO Pharmaceutical Forum Project Fund: To help support the costs of a participant that attended the III Jornada de Farmacia Comunitaria y la Reunión de Buenas Prácticas de Farmacia y de Atención Farmacéutica en Diabetes held in Montevideo in April. ($588)

VENEZUELA

*South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation for Research and Education, University of Miami: To implement screening and lifestyle interventions to reduce cardiometabolic risk in obese older persons in Maracaibo, Venezuela. ($50,000)

Onchocerciasis Program (Mectizan): In partnership with Merck Inc., to distribute Mectizan tablets to various health institutions to treat river blindness. ($1,995,000)

PANDRH/PAHO Best Laboratory Practices: To help support the costs of two participants that attended the Curso Nacional de Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio de Control Farmacéutico in Caracas in March. ($14,300)

 





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