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)

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.

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 launching a new "PAHO E-Learning Course on Human Rights and Health" on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at the Organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The course covers PAHO/WHO strategies on Human Rights and Health, current obstacles, new trends and activities, among other topics. It is initially accessible by PAHO staff only.