Skip to content



Washington, D.C., 18 September 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – The Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will elect a new Director of the Organization on Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference, which is being held this week in Washington, D.C.

According to the rules governing the election of the Director, the President of the PAHO Executive Committee sent Member States, Participating States, and Associate Members an invitation to present candidates for the post of PAHO Director.

Each Member State, Participating State, and Associate Member was invited to nominate, by 1 May 2012, a candidate, who must be a citizen of a country in the Americas. On May 2, in the presence of the President of the PAHO Executive Committee, envelopes containing the nominations were opened and five candidates to the post of PAHO Director were certified.

On 22 June 2012, a Candidates Forum was held at PAHO headquarters, attended by representatives of PAHO Member States. The five proposed candidates presented their platforms, vision, policy priorities, and financial and programmatic directions for the Organization.

On Wednesday, 19 September, Member States will elect a new Director from among the following three candidates:

  • Caroline Judith Chang Campos – Ecuador
  • Carissa Faustina Etienne – Dominica
  • Socorro Gross Galiano – Costa Rica
The person elected will begin her five-year term on 1 February 2013, replacing Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has been PAHO Director since 1 February 2003.

Former PAHO Directors include Sir George Alleyne (1995-2003), Dr. Carlyle Guerra de Macedo (1983-1995), Dr. Héctor Acuña (1975-1983), Dr. Abraham Horwitz (1959-1975), Dr. Fred Soper (1947-1959), Dr. Hugh Cumming (1920-1947), Dr. Rupert Blue (1912-1920) y Dr. Walter Wyman (1902-1911).   PAHO, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is the world’s oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the hemisphere to improve the health and quality of life of the peoples of the Americas and serves as the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.

 

Links:

 

Contacts:

Leticia Linn, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone + 202 974 3440, Mobile +1 202 701 4005, Donna Eberwine-Villagran, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone +1 202 974 3122, Mobile +1 202 316 5469, Sebastián Oliel, Phone + 202-974-3459, Mobile +1 202 316 5679, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Knowledge Management and Communication, PAHO/WHO–www.paho.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:04

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

© Pan American Health Organization. All rights reserved.