The PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office extends congratulations to Dr. Carissa Etienne who was elected as the 10th Director of PAHO at the 28 Pan American Sanitary Conference, held 19 September 2012.
Dr. Etienne, a Dominican, is currently the Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Etienne is no stranger to PAHO since she served as Assistant Director during the period 2003 -2008.
In her acceptance speech, Dr. Etienne indicated that she looked forward to working with the countries of the Americas, and while they have made good progress in health and development over the years, there will be many challenges ahead.
Dr. Etienne said her vision of the Americas is one of “societies free of inequality, where people have access to healthy social determinants and environments that allow them to live long, dignified, healthy, and productive lives. This includes access to universal health services without fear of being impoverished.”
We wish her all the best in her new post and will continue to give our support in the collaborative works done among regions.
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