Biography of Héctor Abad Gómez (1921-1987)

Colombian physician specialist. He was born in Jerico municipality, Antioquia, and died in Medellín in 1987. He married Cecilia Faciolince who had six children. He studied high school at the General Santander school, of Sevilla, Valle. Identifies Héctor Abad Gómez in Colombia as the defender of human rights. He was researcher in health sciences, political, Democrat integral, journalist, writer and essayist. In addition expressed as a sociologist and anthropologist. It carried out studies of medicine at the University of Antioquia, graduating in 1947. Master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota in 1948, served as Secretary and Deputy Minister of public health of Antioquia. In 1950 he was medical officer of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau in Washington. During 1954 and 1956, he was Advisor to the World Health Organization for Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and the Ministry of health of Indonesia and the Philippines. In the political field, it came to be a member of the Assembly of Antioquia and representative to the camera. He was founder and first editor of the newspaper student U-235 in the city of Medellin, in 1945. In 1965 he founded and chaired the Board of the "future for children". It is also the Foundation of Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana de Medellín. He fought for the economic resources are not diverted towards war and military spending. Abad Gómez promoted the practical study and not rote and creativity among his disciples. Since his youth he devoted himself to education for health, prevention and primary care, their favorite places the popular sectors. Some of their views on matters of public health were incorporated into government programs. Author of a vision of the world (1971), Poliatria (1972), letters from Asia (1977), theory and practice of public health, tolerance, Abad Gómez Manual was also a writer of numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, where arguments about different themes called common sense, democracy and tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to denounce at the same time disappearances and abuse that were subjected to many of his contemporaries. He was murdered in the city of Medellín at the age of 66.