WASHINGTON, DC (December 20, 2013) – The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Harold Hamana as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. A public charity, PAHEF works with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other constituents to leverage its international influence, helping improve community and global health and combating disease in the Americas. PAHEF welcomes Hamana to this role and eagerly anticipates the leadership he will bring to achieving PAHEF’s mission. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, he will also participate on the Philanthropy and Partnership Committee and Marketing and Communications Committee.
The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization remember with great sadness the passing of Dr. James Steele, on November 10, 2013. Dr. James Steele was awarded the prestigious Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to veterinary public health.
We extend our condolences to his family and friends.
PAHEF held special workshop addressing the obesity epidemic in the Americas during PACO III, the Third Pan American Conference on Obesity next month.
Current and former PAHEF Board Members, Professors Gilberto Kac (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Rafael Pérez-Escamilla (Yale) and Fernando Mendoza (Stanford) will each be leading a session during the workshop.
PAHEF received a preview of what to expect from each of the workshop organizers:
There is a long history of adapting nature to fulfill the needs of the population by altering natural products and the environment. Biotechnology began once humans discovered the benefits of modifying living organisms, be it for agricultural, cooking, or medicinal uses. Rudimentary forms of biotechnology evolved into newer, more complex methodologies in the modification of nature. With a higher level of understanding biology and increasingly complex technology, manipulation of living organisms to increase agricultural output, reduce our impact on the environment, and prevent and combat diseases has become possible. 
Studying the socio-economic costs of dengue fever
Individuals living in or travelling through the tropical and subtropical areas of the Americas are at risk of being bitten by mosquitos carrying any one of four related dengue viruses. A resultant infection might show itself as a mild fever or, if unrecognized and untreated, might present more severe and potentially lethal complications. (53 words)
Dengue: Global, urban and potentially lethal
The dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly.
WASHINGTON, DC (September 27, 2011) – Last night, Dr. Francisca Samsing was jointly presented the Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and Pan American Health Organization. The award, which was presented by Dr. Benjamin Caballero, chair of the PAHEF board of directors, and Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Pan American Health Organization Director, at a special event in Washington, DC, recognized her undergraduate thesis, Risk analysis of the dioxin, furan and DL-PCB contamination of pork meat by the feed materials that make up their diet.
On April 7, PAHEF participated in the Pan American Health Organization’s celebration of World Health Day in Washington, DC. The 2011 theme was “Combat Drug Resistance: No action today, No cure tomorrow,” which highlighted the world-wide problem of antimicrobial resistance to medications.
Regarding the theme, Edward L. Kadunc, president of PAHEF, remarked, “Drug-resistance claims patients’ lives and places an immense burden on health care systems. As part of PAHEF’s commitment to improving health and health education in the Americas, we fully support efforts to raise awareness of and find solutions to this serious medical issue.”
According to the Mexican Kidney Foundation, more than 100,000 people suffer from chronic renal failure in Mexico and 8.3 million have mild renal insufficiency. About 37,642 people require ongoing dialysis treatment. The National Transplant Center estimates that 5,000 transplants are needed annually and reported that in 2006, a total of 2,800 were performed. Thanks to biotechnological medications, such as erythropoietin, patients with kidney problems may have a better quality of life.
Since 1913, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated on March 8th. According to the IWD official website, it is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Currently, IWD is an official holiday in 27 nations and celebrated annually in many more.
The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) donated $10,000 to the Pan American Health Organization to support its IWD activities. the Pan American Health Organization is celebrating International Women’s Day at its headquarters in Washington, DC, and focusing on the theme, “Zero Transmission of HIV in the Americas: Gender, Cultural Diversity, and Human Rights.”
Diabetes is wreaking havoc on health in Latin America by reducing the quality of life as well as life spans for millions. Approximately 20 million people currently suffer from the disease in this region, and the number is predicted to double to 40 million by 2025.
Diabetes comes in two forms. Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes (formerly called “juvenile diabetes”), generally develops before the age of 40 and its cause is unknown. This condition is quite rare, affecting only 5 to 10% of all persons afflicted with diabetes.
A Snapshot of Diabetes’ Impact in Latin America