As part of its 30th anniversary, Carlos Slim Foundation (CSF) held the ceremony of the 9th delivery of the Carlos Slim Health Awards at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Jose Narro Robles, Minister of Health; MSc Mikel Arriola, General Director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), and Eng. Carlos Slim Helu.
Dr. Roberto Tapia Conyer, General Director of the Foundation, presented the winners of the 9th edition of the Carlos Slim Health Awards:
Research Trajectory was granted to Dr. Rafael Lozano Ascencio, of Mexico, for his leadership in research and for its innovative work to contribute to the generation of more effective and efficient public health policies in Mexico and the world.
Exceptional institution was given to TeenSmart International, a non-profit Costa Rican organization, which mission is bringing information, health education and providing life support to girls, boys and young people from 10 to 24 years of age. The organization uses technology to provide information to young people about preventing six risk behaviors: violence, alcohol and other drugs, smoking, sexual risk behaviors, lack of physical activity, and poor nutrition.
During the event, the main results of the CSF’s health programs were also presented. “Many of the achievements of the Foundation are the result of our alliances in both Mexico and beyond borders. With public and private institutions, researchers, academics and generally people who dedicate their lives to work for others, these alliances have been, are, and will remain essential to multiply results. We especially thank the Ministry of Health for making possible that by working together we can contribute to improving the lives of millions of Mexicans. Similarly, with IMSS-Prospera, ISSSTE and state governments, we work hand in hand to reach more people,” said Marco Antonio Slim Domit, as representative of the Foundation.
Among the most important achievements, the results of the following programs highlight:
- CASALUD: in a continuous partnership with the Ministry of Health, CASALUD, a model developed by the Foundation, has been implanted in more than 12,000 public health centers, where 1.7 million patients are cared for. And with the MIDO® system (Integrated Measurement for Early Detection) it has been valued the weight, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and kidney function of more than half a million people, in order to prevent and detect chronic diseases and avoid complications.
CASALUD model operates as part of the National Strategy for Diabetes and Obesity in 26 states of the Republic. Promoting transparency, all this information is available to the general public on the website of OMENT (Mexican Observatory of Noncommunicable Diseases www.oment.uanl.mx.)
- AMANECE: with this program, the Foundation has benefited more than 926,000 pregnant women and their newborns through a set of actions to ensure timely and quality care during and after pregnancy. This model works through 35 maternal health networks in 11 states.
- ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION RECORD (EIR): The Foundation also works in reengineering the Universal Vaccination Program in Mexico. With this objective, the Foundation developed the EIR, which already operates in five states where 2.1 million children under five are incorporated.
- SLIM INITIATIVE IN GENOMICS MEDICINE: the Foundation promotes research and knowledge generation in genomics. With these actions, disease-causing genes have been found and possible treatments to help prevent and cure diseases such as cancer, diabetes and kidney failure have been identified.
- KIDNEY HEALTH AND TRANSPLANTATION: CSF, in partnership with state governments, national health institutes, hospitals and civil society organizations has supported the completion of 8,560 transplants. In addition, the Foundation carries out the ‘Heroes for Life’ campaign to promote the culture of altruistic donation of organs and tissues.
- ELIMINATION OF DISEASES IN THE WORLD: in partnership with other organizations, the Foundation participated in the fight that resulted in the elimination of onchocerciasis (or river blindness) in Mexico, achieved in 2015. And it continues working until there is not a single case in Latin America.
At the close of the 30th anniversary event, Dr. Jose Narro Robles acknowledged the work of the Foundation in health and other areas. “There are 30 years of work by a Foundation, of prudency, of restraint, of care, and discretion, but undoubtedly, of help to thousands of Mexicans. If all the help provided the Foundation is calculated, the prize for the organization that does more for Mexicans, for their health and social development, should be for Carlos Slim Foundation,” said Dr. Narro.
The ceremony was also attended by former Ministers of Health Jose Angel Cordova and Guillermo Soberon, as well as representatives of international organizations such as UNICEF, UNFPA, IDB and other leading figures in the field of public health.