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Inter-American Leadership Award Bestowed Upon Chilean Chronic Disease Expert
Date:10/1/2007

In Latin America, the burden of chronic disease is further compounded by its occurrence earlier among adults of working age and by the growing numbers of older adults." In bestowing this award, Ms. Gersky noted that healthy aging, childhood obesity and chronic diseases are priority programmatic areas of the foundation.

The Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health was established to honor Dr. Horwitz who served as the PAHO director and as PAHEF president for 25 years. Since 1975, the award has recognized 32 leaders whose areas of expertise range from veterinary public health, nutrition, to infectious diseases, child safety, urban health, tropical diseases, and the like. This award is one of five awards of the Awards for Excellence in Inter- American Public Health Program, a partnership between PAHEF and the Pan American Health Organization.

The foundation is U.S. public charity working to combat disease, lengthen life, improve health care services, foster health research, and enhance the capacities of health care workers in the Americas through grant-making and direct program implementation. PAHEF works to promote philanthropy as a core social value, and shares the Pan American Health Organization's vision of Health for All.

To learn more about the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, please visit http://www.pahef.org.


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