The 2011 Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health was presented to Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine, United States, during the afternoon session of the 51st Directing Council.
The award recognized his outstanding contributions in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He has devoted his research career to developing vaccines for parasitic diseases, including hookworm, schistosomiasis, and Chagas.
“There is a stealth factor that traps the botoom 100 million in a vicious cycle of poverty, and indeed has trapped them for decades if not centuries,” said Dr. Hotez. “Yet today we possess the technology to intervene and break that cycle. Moreover, we can achieve these gains throughout the Region for astonishingly modest costs.”