The Carlos Slim Health Institute recently honored IHME Professor of Global Health Rafael Lozano with a 2015 Carlos Slim Health Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research. The Carlos Slim Health Awards “recognize individuals and institutions committed to health improvement of the Latin-American population,” according to the Institute’s website. In addition to his role at IHME, Dr. Lozano is currently the Director of the Center for Health Systems Research at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. He is a leading contributor to epidemiological statistics, theory, and methods.
“Thanks to his work, Mexico is the first country in the region and one of only three countries in the world with subnational results,” said the Carlos Slim Health Institute in its announcement.
At IHME, Dr. Lozano has been instrumental to the success of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) enterprise. As Director of Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives, Dr. Lozano works to grow IHME's presence in the region through new research projects, dissemination and uptake of IHME's work, and consultation with regional leaders.
Prior to coming to IHME, Dr. Lozano spent a number of years at the Ministry of Health of Mexico, where as General Director of Health Information he introduced the birth certificate, the system of national health accounts, and a surveillance system to improve data on maternal and infant deaths. He has also worked at the World Health Organization and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, among others.
More recently, Dr. Lozano’s research led to the production of the first Mexico subnational burden of disease analysis. While national-level estimates on population health reveal global disparities, being able to look within countries to see how health outcomes compare across regions is equally important.
Beyond Mexico, Dr. Lozano’s impact is felt throughout the region, as he has been working with health ministries in Uruguay, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Costa Rica to implement disease burden research and strengthen health systems.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Lozano “It’s very gratifying to have my work recognized with such a prestigious award, and I’m thankful to the Carlos Slim Health Institute.”
For a full list of Dr. Lozano’s accomplishments, and to learn more about the award, please visit the Carlos Slim Health Award website.