Through thought leadership, medical programming, and awareness activities, AHF promotes healthy living and provides access to quality healthcare throughout the Americas.


A healthy population with the awareness, knowledge, access to medicine and a national policy that will sustain health in the Americas for future generations.

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  • November 2017
    Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare yet highly aggressive form of skin cancer which, in approximately 80% of cases, is caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV). While the dangers of other skin cancers like malignant melanoma are ingrained in most physicians’ minds, MCC remains an unfamiliar and neglected disease. Although MCC is 40 times rarer than melanoma (an estimated 0.24 cases per 100,000 persons in the U.S.), it kills about one in three patients compared with one in nine for melanoma.  Moreover, the annual incidence of MCC is rising more quickly than that of melanoma, at 8%...

Who We Are

Key Opinion Leaders: A challenge for companies working with key opinion leaders (KOLs) is to help them through education, meetings, symposiums and conferences to understand the constant changes occurring in the public health arena. In the areas of public health, KOLs offer valuable insights into such areas as disease states and patient treatment regimens, and to new product exposure through literature and their professional circles. Working with the private sector to build new or expand current relations with key opinion health and medical professionals to open doors that enable them to disseminate new product information and results to the medical community through trusted sources. AHF plans and convenes opportunities for sector leaders to work together on key issues. We collaborate with KOLs for healthier Americas.

Operational Model: The AHF works with entities wanting to support Latin American governments in accomplishing their public health goals. These entities could be part of the private or the not-for-profit sectors. The AHF translates the needs of the Latin American governments into actionable projects and work with these organizations to seek funding to implement those projects. In turn, The AHF seeks the best partner to execute on time and on budget for the funding entities and does so with all the quality, transparency and collaboration required by governments.

Board Members: Rodrigo Calderon (Chairman, Mexico), Scott Eldestein (Secretary, USA), Carlos Gil Ferreira (Brazil), Richard Salvatierra (President, USA), Brent Lightner (Treasurer, USA), Roberto Debbag (Argentina), Valderilio Azevedo (Brazil)

Advisory Committee: Raul Istúriz (Venezuela), Angela Chaves (Colombia), Sidnei Epelman (Brazil), Luisa Fallieros (Brazil), Louis Garrison (USA), Carlos Gil Ferreira (Brazil), Joff Masukawa (USA), Ricardo Ruttiman (Argentina), Marco Sáfadi (Brazil), Dario Soto Abril (USA), Andrew Rudman (USA), Ana Rita Gonzalez (USA), João Bosco Siqueira (Brazil), Stephen Stefani (Brazil), Jaime Torres (Venezuela), Gabriel Carrasquilla (Colombia), Carlos Pineda (Mexico)

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