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Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica is elected PAHO Director

Dr. Carissa Etienne, a native of Dominica, will be the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She was elected today by PAHO Member States during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Dr. Etienne will begin her five-year term on 1 February 2013, replacing Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has been PAHO Director since 2003. Dr. Etienne is currently Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services, of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Assistant Director of PAHO, WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas.

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