Washington, DC, September 22, 2021 (PAHO / WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has recognized Dr. John Liu of Canada with the PAHO Award for Management and Health Services for Public Health.
The awards ceremony took place at the 59th meeting of the PAHO Board of Directors, which takes place in practice this week, with the participation of some of the highest health officials in the United States region.
The award celebrates Dr. Liu’s outstanding contributions to humanitarian medicine and the response and management of health crises in Canada and internationally, as well as his experience in responding to infections and incorporating health systems.
In announcing this year’s award to Dr. Liu, Christopher Duffton, Chairman of PAHO’s 59th Board of Directors and Minister of Health and Welfare of Jamaica, highlighted his key contributions to the region. Its commitment to providing health services to the world, as well as to people living in the most vulnerable situations, all of which embody core PAHO values. “
Dr. Liu is a pediatric emergency physician and has worked in emergency organizations in more than 20 countries around the world. He was the former head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) – a recognized humanitarian crisis organization – and a key figure in the global response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
In the United States region, Dr. Liu is known for helping communities affected by the 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti and for supporting Honduras in strengthening the country’s health system.
In 2015, he was selected as one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine, where he was declared a global health fighter.
Recently, Dr. Liu served as a member of the WHO’s Independent Epidemiology and Response Team, bringing his expertise in assessing the challenges of coping with health threats based on learning from the COVID-19 epidemic.
Dr. who thanked PAHO for the honor and recognition. Liu praised the United States for refusing to remain inactive due to inequality in access to vaccines, and called on PAHO member states to “mobilize political alignment and resolve issues on a full-scale basis.
Founded in 1969, the PAHO Health Services Management and Leadership Award is a recognition of outstanding contributions by U.S. governments aimed at improving health systems and services, as well as impact on projects, programs or initiatives. Nationally or regionally, among others.
Among the winners in previous years were Dr. Raina Rova Rodriguez of Panama; Dr. Natalia Largaspada Beer, from Belize; Dr. Stella Polonos Varela from Costa Rica and Dr. Pastor Castell-Florid Seret from Cuba.