The Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau invites PAHO Member States to submit nominations for the Administration Award 2011.
“The PAHO Award for Administration is a recognition conferred every year by the Governments of the Americas through their representatives in the meetings of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of administration within the framework of the national health services. ”
This Award has a long tradition dating back to 1969 when it was instituted by Dr. Stuart Portner, former Chief of Administration of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau. The Award is conferred on a candidate who has made a significant contribution in his or her home country and in the Region of the Americas, to improving health development through the management or execution of services and programs, teaching, and research. An Award Committee consisting of three representatives from Member Governments of the Executive Committee selects the candidate among a list of nominations submitted by the Member Governments of PAHO through their ministries of health.
The Award consists of a diploma and the sum of US$5,000. The merit value of the Award, however, is immensely greater since it rewards excellence in administration at the national or local level, identifying substantial changes in terms of improvements in the management of health systems and services and its Regional impact.
The Award also inspires the continuous development of leadership in health and promotes the improvement in the management of national health systems and services. Although the emphasis is in the administration of health services, the candidate’s experience in teaching and research with a positive impact on public health activities at the national and/or international levels is also an asset.
The closing date for receiving nominations to the Award is 31 March 2011.
The names of candidates shall be submitted by the Member Governments of PAHO through their ministries of health. Proposed candidates shall be submitted together with their curriculum vitae and the documentation supporting the nature and quality of the work done.
As the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau I wish to invite, moreover urge, the Member States to submit nominations for the Award.
The procedures and guidelines for submitting nominations may be found in the PAHO Award for Administration brochure in both languages English and Spanish, and also the Recipients of the PAHO Award for Administration.
* Mirta Roses Periago Director, PAHO/WHO Pan American Health Organization