Peruvian League against Cancer Honored for Voluntary Service
Providing health services to more than one million people is no small feat for a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization. However, the Peruvian League against Cancer has done exactly that—and with great success. On September 27, 2010, Dr. Benjamin Caballero, chair of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), presented the organization with the Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service in recognition of its work to improve the lives of people in the Americas.
Headquartered in Lima, the Peruvian League against Cancer is a major player in advocating cancer prevention and early detection in Peru. It provides programs and services through 18 branches nationwide, and from 2007 to 2009 more than doubled the number of special consultations and Pap smears provided. With a volunteer-to-staff ratio of 3-to-1, the private nonprofit group relies heavily on the dedication and passion of its volunteers.
Adolfo Rafael Dammert Ludowieg, the chairman of the League's board, remarked, "The Peruvian League against Cancer is honored to receive the Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service. We are indebted to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and staff. This award is an additional reason to work harder in our commitment to fight cancer and create a healthier Peru."
"Nonprofits can have a profound effect on improving public health," said Edward L. Kadunc, president of PAHEF. "The Peruvian League against Cancer is an outstanding example of how a volunteer-driven organization can reach a large population with vital health services. PAHEF applauds their inspiring work and wishes them continued success in saving lives."
Created in 1989, the Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service recognizes the work of the voluntary/non-governmental sector in improving the lives of the peoples of the Americas and advancing the public health sector. The award is one of six in the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program.