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Chilean, Argentine, Cuban win UN American awards

Chilean, Argentine and Cuban win UN Pan American health awards

Three Latin American physicians have been awarded this year's Pan American Health awards in the fields of medicine, health care and bioethics, the United Nations regional health agency for the Americas said today.

The awards were made at the annual meeting of health ministers of the Americas held at the Washington D.C. headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ricardo Uauy of Chile received the Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health for his "significant commitment to international nutrition" in his country.

The Manuel Velasco Suarez Bioethics Award was presented to physician and researcher Patricia Sorokin of Argentina, a "young scholar leading bioethics efforts in Latin America."

A Cuban physician, Francisco Rojas Ochoa, was presented with the PAHO Award for Administration for his "outstanding contributions" during his professional career to the development of administration of health programmes and for his training of several generations of public health leaders in Cuba and the Americas.

In addition to the 35 countries of the Americas, PAHO includes among its Member States France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and was established in 1902. Portugal and Spain are Observer States and Puerto Rico is an Associate Member.

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