MEXICO CITY – The Peruvian League Against Cancer and Honduran scientist Maria Elena Bottazzi each received on Tuesday the 2018 Carlos Slim Health Award for innovative treatments having a positive effect on health in Latin America.
At a press conference, Ricardo Mujica Rosales, executive director of the Carlos Slim Foundation, said the Peruvian League against Cancer was honored with the Exceptional Institution Slim Health Award.
The Research Trajectory Slim Health Award went to Honduran scientist Maria Elena Bottazzi for her work in vaccinology and researching such diseases as bilharzia, schistosomiasis, hookworm and Chagas disease.
“We’ve been working 67 years on the prevention of cancer in Peru, and up to now we’ve attended some 300,000 people, and around 7,000 to 8,000 have been saved thanks to our work,” Damary Villa, general manager of the Peruvian League against Cancer, said.
According to Villa, the association she belongs to has managed to take cancer prevention programs to Peru’s poorest people.
With campaigns like “Get Pink” against breast cancer, vaccinations against the human papilloma virus, pap smear tests, as well as an educational program brought to the people by mobile units, the Peruvian League has reached more than 3 million people in Peru.
Honduran scientist Maria Elena Bottazzi said that “research is fundamental when it comes to vaccines, because we have to understand what the diseases are and what caused them, as well as understanding the genetics and the bases for developing vaccines.”
Bottazzi added than with this honor she hopes to motivate new generations of scientists to discover, innovate and apply new health solutions.
The Carlos Slim Foundation awards an economic contribution of $100,000 to each of the two categories as an incentive for further achievement in healthcare, both at the institutional and individual levels.