Carlos Slim Health Award 2013
Created in 2008, the Carlos Slim Health Award is a unique exertion in Latin America; for the amount granted every year (100,000 USD each) and the rigorous selection process conducted by an adjudicating jury formed by medical recognized experts. This year, the jury had the difficult task of deciding among 98 nominations from 16 countries in the region.
The Carlos Slim Health Award is given in two categories:
Research Trajectory, this recognizes the professional work of researchers who have remarkably contributed to improving population’s health.
Exceptional Institution para this is aimed to highlight the work of non-profit institutions; which academic, research or implementation work contribute with innovative alternatives to improve population’s health.
The Carlos Slim Health Award 2013 for Research Trajectory was granted to Dr. Jose Eduardo Gotuzzo Herencia, Head of the Infectious Diseases Department in the Peruvian University Cateyano Heredia located in Lima, Peru. The award recognized his invaluable labor in the fight against tuberculosis.
The jury decided to give the Carlos Slim Health Award 2013 for Exceptional Institutionto the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Latin America, with headquarters in Brazil. It was founded in 2003 and known as DNDi Latin America. It is part of a global effort focused on the research and development of drugs for neglected tropical diseases, which affect millions of people in extreme poverty across the region.
In this way, the Carlos Slim Health Institute endorses its commitment to support the region’s research so more people live longer and better.