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  • 19 Nov 2015
    2015 Manuel Velasco-Suárez Award Winner

    Uniting for Health Innovation and PAHO Bestow the Manuel Velasco-Suárez Award to Róderic Molins Mota of Puerto Rico

    Mexico City, Mexico (November 19, 2015) – Uniting for Health Innovation and the Pan America Health Organization today presented Róderic Molins Mota, of the University of Puerto Rico, with the 2015 Manuel Velasco-Suárez Award for her noteworthy research proposal “Justice and Equity in the Distribution of Health Resources.”

    In the past, Molins worked on initiatives concerning ethics in the allocation of health resources. Her efforts to improve Puerto Rico’s health care system inspired her research proposal that won this year’s Velasco-Suárez award.

  • 13 Nov 2015

    Uniting for Health Innovation grants $250,000 to PAHO for primary health services in Peru

    Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2015) – Uniting for Health Innovation announced a two-year grant to the Pan American Health Organization to help Peru extend health care services in the Cajamarca region to some 573,888 Peruvians and improve over 100 health networks.

    Reducing high maternal mortality rates in the low-income rural areas, such as the provinces of Cajamarca and Jaen in Peru, is a major goal of the Pan American Health Organization's region-wide program to improve women’s health. The program addresses women’s health needs across the life course and improves the quality and sustainability of the health infrastructure in poor communities.

  • 09 Nov 2015
    Dr. Ignacio Damián Mastroleo

    Innovation, Access and Sustainability: Q&A With Last Year's Manuel Velasco-Suárez Award Winner

    Recently, we had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Ignacio Damián Mastroleo, the Pan American Health Organization/Uniting for Health Innovation 2014 winner of the Manuel Velsaco-Suárez Award for Excellence in Bioethics, on his research and activities since the award ceremony last fall in Washington DC.

    Read our Q&A with Dr. Mastroleo below!

    Uniting for Health Innovation: What have been your research areas over the past year since being awarded the Manuel Velasco-Suárez Award for Excellence in Bioethics?

  • 28 Sep 2015
    PAHO Foundation FTAG Inaugural Meeting

    Uniting for Health Innovation Holds FTAG Inaugural Meeting

    September 28, 2015 – Uniting for Health Innovation’s Technical Advisory Group (FTAG) met last Friday (September 25, 2015) to establish first year and long-term goals, discuss upcoming initiatives, prioritize health issues and craft impending meeting agendas.

    The meeting opened up with greetings and introductions from interim co-chairs, Drs. Tim Ford and Rita Colwell, followed by a message from Uniting for Health Innovation President and CEO, Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, outlining the Foundation’s progressions and future aspirations.

  • 16 Sep 2015
    Mexico Declared Free of River Blindness

    WHO Declares Mexico Free of River Blindness

    September 16, 2015 – Mexico has eliminated river blindness and joins Colombia and Ecuador as endemic countries in Latin America to have achieved the World Health Organization’s (WHO) criteria for being declared free of river blindness. 

    Over the past decade, Uniting for Health Innovation partnered with Merck and others to provide some eight million treatments of Mectizan tablets annually for more than 400,000 people in the Americas to support mass campaigns for the elimination of river blindness. 

  • 17 Aug 2015
    PAHO Foundation Globe

    PAHO FOUNDATION NAMES MARK MOORE TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 17, 2015) – Uniting for Health Innovation has appointed Mark Moore, Co-Founder of the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation, to its Board of Trustees for a three year term.    

    “The Uniting for Health Innovation Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Mr. Moore as our newest Trustee. Countries of Latin American and the Caribbean and Uniting for Health Innovation will benefit immensely from his generosity and leadership,” Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, Uniting for Health Innovation President and CEO, said.

  • 15 Feb 2016

    PAHO FOUNDATION CALLS FOR RESOURCES AND MOBILIZATION FOR NEW ZIKA VIRUS CAMPAIGN

    Washington D.C. (February 15, 2016) – With Zika virus spreading “explosively in the Americas,” Uniting for Health Innovation has begun to mobilize its efforts for a new Zika virus campaign, adding to its history of addressing neglected tropical diseases like dengue and chikungunya in the Americas in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization.   The Pan American Health Organization is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Together with WHO, the Pan American Health Organization is a member of the United Nations system.  
  • 13 Jan 2016

    Partnership to improve prevention of women’s cancers and quality of cancer registries in Latin America and Caribbean reaches 1 year milestone

      The Women’s Cancer Initiative in the Americas works to improve the quality and effectiveness of national breast and cervical cancer programs and the quality and completeness of national cancer registries in the region. The three-year partnership has reached its 1 year milestone and today launches its annual report to detail progress made in 2015.
  • 17 Aug 2015
    PAHO Foundation Globe

    PAHO FOUNDATION NAMES VERONICA MUZQUIZ EDWARDS BOARD VICE-CHAIR

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 17,2015) – Uniting for Health Innovation has appointed Veronica Muzquiz Edwards, InGenesis President and CEO, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and member of the Executive Committee for a one year term effective June 5, 2015. 

    “The Uniting for Health Innovation Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Ms. Edwards to this leadership role. Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Uniting for Health Innovation will benefit immensely from her commitment to public health, her business acumen and community engagement,” Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, Uniting for Health Innovation President and CEO, said.

  • 23 Jul 2015
    Cuba eliminates HIV and syphilis

    WHO Certifies Cuba as the First Country to End Mother-to-Infant Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

    July 2, 2015 – Uniting for Health Innovation congratulates Cuba for being the first country to end mother-to-infant transmission of syphilis and HIV.

    WHO has set up specific criteria to determine whether countries can be considered free of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Elimination of infectious diseases is defined as having infection rates low enough that they no longer pose significant harm to the public. Thanks to Cuba’s partnership with the Pan American Health Organization/WHO, the country has employed successful regional initiatives to end mother-to-child transmission of the diseases.