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"Public health is way more than a job for us: it is a passion, a heartfelt commitment, our whole life," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago, welcoming participants to the South-South Development Solutions Forum on Global Health at PAHO headquarters. She added that "Public health is a sort of a network of networks, where a broad and multifaceted umbrella which protects the well-being of humanity is held up every day by a myriad of individual's actions."

Dr. Manuel Peña, PAHO/WHO Representative in Peru received the Order of Hipolito Unanue, in the degree of Grand Officer, for his "outstanding contribution to medical science and the advancement of public health in Peru." Upon receiving the honor, Dr. Pena said that "Peru is one of the great schools that I've had as a professional and a physician." (in Spanish)

Groups of young people belonging to Ecoclubs in 8 countries of the Americas were trained by PAHO to use puppets to spread the word on how to prevent H1N1 influenza in schools and communities. Created in Argentina, Ecoclubs are organized groups of young people interested in preserving the environment and doing community work. (in Spanish)

The Pan American Health Organization is receiving applications for the III Competition on Best Practices that Incorporate a Gender Equality Perspective in the Health of Adolescents and Youth. This annual competition aims to identify the health experiences that better address the differential needs and opportunities of men and women in health. The deadline is January 31, 2010.

With the presence of professionals from PAHO and other health organizations, government agencies, academic institutions and the virtual participation of professionals from many parts of the Hemisphere, a Pan American Virtual Conference on the development and evolution of the portals of Public Health Institutions in Ibero-America examined the current and future impact of Web 2.0 on Public Health.