Washington, D.C. 22 September 2021 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Group (PAHO) has known Dr. Joanne Liu of Canada for her provider to public nicely being by presenting her with the PAHO Award for Health Services Administration and Management. The recognition used to be made on the 59th PAHO Directing Council, a gathering of nicely being leaders from the distance of the Americas, held nearly this 365 days.
The award acknowledges Dr. Liu’s illustrious contributions in the areas of scientific humanitarianism and nicely being crisis response and administration, both in Canada and internationally, apart from to her skills in pandemic response and nicely being system preparedness.
Conferring this 365 days’s honor on Dr. Liu, Christopher Tufton, President of PAHO’s 59th Directing Council and Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, highlighted her major contributions to the distance, including “her management in nicely being emergencies and crisis response around the field, and her dedication to handing over nicely being companies and products to those living in the most inclined scenarios – all of which encompass key PAHO values.”
Dr. Liu is a practising pediatric emergency physician and has labored on this context in greater than 20 countries across the globe. She is the ancient President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a known authority on scientific humanitarian crises, and used to be a key opt in the global response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
In the Plan of the Americas, Dr. Liu is important for her work in helping communities affected by the earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, and for her pork as a lot as Honduras in strengthening the nation’s nicely being care system.
In 2015, she used to be selected as one among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential americans, where she used to be heralded as a crusader for global nicely being.
Most currently, Dr. Liu has served as a member of the WHO Fair Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, lending her skills in the overview of challenges to handle nicely being threats in step with learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanking PAHO for the honor and recognition, Dr. Liu praised countries of the Americas for refusing to stand serene in the face of vaccine inequality and known as on Member States to “mobilize political and monetary alignment on tackling the plump vary of points bearing on to pandemic preparedness and response.”
Established in 1969, the PAHO Award for Health Services Administration and Management is a recognition by the governments of the Americas to illustrious contributions to enhance nicely being programs and companies and products, and to applications, initiatives or initiatives with proven effects on rep entry to to nicely being care on the nationwide or regional stage, among others.
Old winners consist of Dr. Reina Roa Rodriguez of Panama, Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer of Belize, Dr. Stella Bolaños Varela of Costa Rica and Dr Pastor Castell-Florit Serrate of Cuba.