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.

This award recognizes one or more people, institutions, or governmental or nongovernmental organizations that have excelled in one or more of the following:

a) Developing policy and a national strategy for comprehensive health care in the previous year;

b) Promoting health programs and advances to increase the coverage, equity, and quality of care;

c) Promoting and implementing effective management of health systems, developing policies for universal health care, promoting such legislation within the framework of the nation's health systems structure;

d) Developing innovative programs that target groups of the socially excluded or geographically disadvantaged populations;

e) Introducing innovatively designed programs for degree and non-degree training of health care workers focused on expanding universal health care;

f) Demonstrating efficacy in efforts to involve communities in the planning, management, and appraisal of health programs; and

g) Preparing and executing relevant research on primary health systems.

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

The awardee receives a cash prize, certificate of honor, and a paid trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award at the annual PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Event and is recognized before the ministers of health of the region at the PAHO Directing Council Meeting.

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