Former NPH pequeno takes leadership role

Dr. Edwin Vallecillo is appointed as NPHI Director of Medical Services
August 1, 2019 - New Zealand

One little patient is all smiles during a recent visit with Dr Edwin.

The NPH family is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Edwin Vallecillo as our new NPHI Director of Medical Services.

Edwin is a Hermano Mayor - a former NPH child himself - and a lifelong high achiever. He came to NPH Honduras in 1994 with his seven siblings. In 2006 he attended the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, on full scholarship, where he spent the next seven years pursuing his medical studies.

During this time his passion for the mission of NPH and his attention to the needs of his home did not waver. Each year he returned to NPH Honduras to support both the staff and clinical operations.

Edwin completed his medical training with an emphasis in disease prevention and health promotion. In 2012 he returned to Honduras to put in two years of service with the Honduran public health system in order to validate his foreign university degree. These years were spent in the northern region of the country focused on hospital and primary care. In 2015 he joined the medical team of the NPH Honduras internal clinic.

Dedication is just one of Edwin’s strengths. His dedication to his studies, to his vocation, and to his NPH Family fills each of us with pride. Edwin is a living testament to the small and large sacrifices each of us makes in our daily work to support and nurture our children and youth—our pequeños.

Since joining NPH Honduras medical team, he has demonstrated his skills in not only treating patients, but also leading with purpose. He has worked to improve NPH Honduras clinical operations. Among his priorities were the alignment of local health programs and NPHI health policies, consolidation of programs to gain both efficiency and improvements in delivery of services, and cultivating an environment of accountability, collaboration, and multidisciplinary excellence among the staff in order to best meet the needs of a diverse population.

As a professional, he values the assessment of public health challenges at the local, national, and international level. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health.

Ever humble, Edwin acknowledges the impact of his example on the children of NPH.

“I consider NPH my home. I aspire to contribute to its growth and sustainability. I am honoured to have this opportunity to continue to serve our family and all the families who take part in NPH programs. We all carry on the legacy of our founder Father Wasson.”

He will take up his new responsibilities August 1 from his home base of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His new role includes responsibilities as Regional Medical Coordinator for Honduras and Guatemala.

Kimberley Cameron   
Acting Director NPH NZ




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