Dr. Solomons (right) recently became a member of the Academia Espanyola de Nutricion in Madrid, along with Dr. Jose Ordovas of Tufts University.
(June 16, 2010)
Dr. Noel Solomons and Maria Jose Soto of CeSSIAM and Professor Odilia Bermudez of Tufts University at EB
Nominations are being accepted for the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health now through June 15, 2010, 5:00 p.m. EST, at www.pahef.org/horwitz. This award, presented by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), recognizes the diligent work of leaders and their contributions to public health that result in improvements in the lives of people across Latin America and the Caribbean. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the award’s creation.
Nominees must be individuals whose professional achievements in any field of inter-American health stimulates excellence, has been innovative, and has impacted the health of populations across the borders of the Americas. They may be active in their careers, active though in formal retirement, or retired after an outstanding lifetime career.
The award also aims to encourage professionalism and dedication to the highest standards of improving public health for future generations. 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.
The Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter-American Health is part of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, a joint initiative of PAHEF and PAHO.
Nominations may be made in either Spanish or English.
Past winners of the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Inter-American Health include Dr. Eduardo A. Pretell Zárate, former minister of health of Peru (2000 – 2001), for his work in combating iodine deficiency disorders, and Dr. Cesar Victora for his outstanding dedication and contributions to maternal and child health in the Americas.
Dr. Abraham Horwitz, a national of Chile, served as director of PAHO from 1958 to 1975 and as president of PAHEF from 1975 to 2000. His professional career spanned six decades.
(April 1, 2010)
The memory and outstanding career contributions of Dr. Rainer Gross, a former stalwart of the Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), through his work in GTZ (Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit, http://www.gtz.de/en/) projects in Brazil, Indonesia and Peru, and at the UNICEF Nutrition Unit in New York City, is being honored with the first biennial Rainer Gross Prize: Recent Innovation In Nutrition And Health In Developing Societies. Information on the Award itself, application and awarding, is available on-line at: http://hgrunowfoundation.org/rainer-gross-award.
This $2,500 USD award from the Hildegard Grunow Foundation will be given to the winning applicant with the most outstanding innovation (research or applied), which represents the creativity for nutritional health solutions that typified the "Rainer way of doing things." The lecture and prize ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the II World Congrress Public Health Nutrition in Porto, Portugal: http://www.skyros-congressos.com.
(January 26, 2010)
We imagine that you, like us at INF, are seeking a way to put your personal donations best to use to relieve the suffering of the Haitian people. If you have yet to find a mechanism that you feel absolutely sure about, we have posted below a number of links to organizations that we feel will maximize the aid to those most in need, courtesy of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).
Partners in Health (PIH)
Already a strong presence in Haiti for 20 years, PIH has dedicated a new website to the crisis. In addition, our very own INF Board Member, Professor Patrick Webb, has worked with PIH for years. Click the link below to make a donation.
International Red Cross
Donate to a special fund dedicated to helping earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Children are most vulnerable in a disaster situation, and UNICEF has begun efforts to ship supplies to children and families in need.
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS)
For 50 years, HAS has provided medical care and community health and development programs for more than 300,000 impoverished people in the Artibonite Valley of central Haiti. They are helping patients with injuries from the earthquake receive medical attention.
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
MSF is treating earthquake survivors on the ground in Haiti, and are working to bring more staff into the country.
A disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares has pledged $5 million to the people of Haiti.
ASTMH has also posted links to the following humanitarian assistance organizations which are involved in earthquake relief:
We also recommend the following organizations:
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
UUSC is a nonsecretarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. UUSC’s disaster response in Haiti will focus on those survivors less likely to have access to aid, such as child domestic workers, women-headed households that work in the informal sector, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
World Food Programme
WFP provides food assistance, and have special relief efforts for Haiti.
An organization that works exclusively with the people of Haiti. They are already on the ground, and working on earthquake relief efforts.
Save the Children
International Medical Corps
Specializes in relief efforts for those affected by natural disaster. They are active in Haiti.
(January 15, 2010)