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Belizean Health Official Receives 2018 PAHO Award

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 12:55 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor for the Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry of Health, was conferred with the 2018 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Award for Health Service Management and Leadership at the 56th PAHO Directing Council Meeting in Washington, D.C.  

According to a release from the Ministry of Health, the Award Committee for the PAHO Award for Health Service Management and Leadership 2018 chose Dr. Beer from a group of eight nominees submitted from countries including Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and Belize.  

“The committee highlighted that Dr. Beer has shown “considerable achievements in the area of Maternal and Child Health, having proven to be a strong supporter in the use of data for decision-making on policies and programs.” It was also mentioned that Dr. Beer’s work has contributed to the strengthening of evidence-based, and people and community-centered public health strategies to improve the lives of people in vulnerable areas of Belize,” the release states.  

The Award Committee is comprised of the delegates of Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Canada, and Panama.  

The group met on June 19th, 2018 to examine the candidates nominated by the member states.  

The Ministry of Health of Belize says that it was officially informed on June 20th of Dr. Beer’s award which was officially conferred yesterday, September 24th, 2018 during the 56th PAHO Directing Council. 

 The award, which was initially termed the PAHO Award for Administration, dates back to 1969.   




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