The Dexeus Women's Health Foundation has named Dr. Clara Menéndez, Director of ISGlobal's Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Initiative, the winner of its IX Women's Health Research Award. This international award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding research in gynecologic and reproductive health. Dr. Menéndez was chosen by this year's jury for her work in malaria in pregnancy, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality.
In addition to her research work, Dr. Menéndez lectures on several master's courses on public and international health and is also consultant to the World Health Organization on aspects related to the control of malaria in children and pregnant women. In 2008, she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation for her contribution to the fight against malaria. Dr. Menéndez said that the 2012 Dexeus award was a recognition of the important role that research and development plays in improving maternal health in parts of the world where the majority of women die of maternity-related causes.
Dr. Pedro N. Barri, President of the Dexeus Women's Health Foundation, said that this year's award constituted yet another step towards strengthening the promotion of research and education in women's health.
The aim of the Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Initiative led by Dr. Menéndez at ISGlobal is to contribute to improving the health of women and children in developing countries through a multidisciplinary approach that combines research, training, promotion and cooperation.
The Dexeus Women's Health Foundation promotes and disseminates scientific, educational and research activities in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health.