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DrC. Miguel Márquez (1934-2014)

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DrC. Miguel Márquez (1934-2014)




OBITUARY (following in spanish)

Last February 3, 2014, Professor of Merit and Dr C . Miguel Marquez died, just a month before his 80th birthday . He was born in Cuenca, Ecuador , on March 23, 1934 .  He was a recognized  Latin American public health expert , a dear friend of Cuba , and  a man of extraordinary qualities , ,.

He studied Medicine at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador  where he graduated. He had a Master's Degree in Pathology at the University of Antioquia, Colombia  and completed graduate studies in Molecular Biology and Electron Microscopy at the Universidad del Valle, Colombia in 1964. He worked in Human Resource Planning at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO ) in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

He Participated in advanced study courses in Planning and Management of External Cooperation at the World Health Organization (WHO ), Geneva, 1984  and in the CENDES , Venezuela in 1987.

He was professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Cuenca, Ecuador from 1967 to 1968 and Executive Secretary of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Ecuador from 1967 to 1970.

In 1970 , he joined to the International Civil Service at the Pan American Health Organization and worked in the area of ​​Human Resource Development until 1979. In this period he worked in Panama , Mexico , Dominican Republic , Ecuador , Brazil and Venezuela . In 1979 he was appointed Representative of PAHO / WHO in Nicaragua until 1989. Since then fulfilled the same functions in Cuba until 1996.

He participated in 30 international meetings in the field of health, economics, planning and social policy. He developed 80 technical papers and documents related to the field of human resources , public health and foreign cooperation .

Some of his last publications are  the boocks Human Development in Cuba 1996, 1999 and 2002, Health For All is Possible, and The Cooperation of the PAHO/WHO in Cuba 1989/1996.

He received several appointments from Scientific Societies in Latin America .He also received thirty merit awards and recognitions for his work , among which are : Carlos J Finlay Order of the State Council of the Republic of Cuba , in 1996, the Order of merit in Public Health of the Government of Ecuador , in 1998, site of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in 1997 and in 2000, special Consultant to the UNDP since 1997 Hero Award of Public Health in Ecuador 200; Decoration Santa Ana Four Rivers in 2004 ; Academic Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba , 2005, Honorary Dean of the University of Nicaragua , Emeritus Professor of Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana , Honorary Professor at the University of Cuenca , Ecuador ; Title Paul Harris Fellow Rotary International / Rotary Foundation 2006 Centennial Coin and the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba , issued 2009.

During his  28 years of service at PAHO / WHO in Cuba he received the Medal of Honor PAHO in 1985  and in 1992 in conjunction with the staff of the PAHO / WHO in Cuba.

We had the agreement of  celebrate  the 80th birthday of Dr. Marquez in recognition of his life and work and his solidarity with Cuba in the first meeting of The Cuban Society of History of Medicine. Our aim in this celebration was  to express our respect , admiration and affection for himhttp://www.alames.org/ [1]

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