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Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), formally began her second five-year term on 1 February 2018.

She was re-elected by PAHO Member States during the Pan American Sanitary Conference on September 2017.

She was also named Regional Director for the Americas for WHO by the WHO Executive Board in Geneva in late January 2018.


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5 May 2020
She also warned of the possibility of a humanitarian crisis in Haiti due to COVID-19 and urged the formation of a coalition to address the issue. Washington, DC, May 5, 2020 (PAHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, asked countries to analyze specific trends in the COVID-19 pandemic according…
28 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, April 28, 2020 (PAHO) — The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today urged for vaccination programs to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. If we fall behind on routine immunizations, particularly for children, we risk outbreaks, thus overwhelming hospitals and clinics with…
21 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, April 21, 2020 (PAHO)— The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today called for accelerated and expanded testing for COVID-19 in countries of the Americas. “We need a clearer view of where the virus is circulating and how many people have been infected in order to guide our actions,” she…
17 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, April 17, 2020 (PAHO)—The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne and top PAHO experts briefed national health authorities in the Americas on the current status of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic response, in two virtual sessions that were convened earlier this week. The discussions…
14 Apr 2020
Dr Etienne also highlighted the urgent need for countries to accelerate and expand testing for a more accurate understanding of the pandemic  Washington, DC, April 14 2020 (PAHO)—The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, said that social distancing measures are giving our societies a chance to prepare…
14 Apr 2020
Washington, D.C., April 14 2020 (PAHO) —  The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has convened two high-level meetings of Ministers of Health of the Americas to brief them on the current status of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and to discuss some of the latest developments in the…
7 Apr 2020
Washington, April 7, 2020 (PAHO) – Warning that cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have doubled in a week in the Region of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne today urged countries to take measures that protect health care workers to ensure they have access to the personal protective equipment…
7 Nov 2019
Trinidad and Tobago, 6 November 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – While young people (aged 10-24) account for a quarter of the population of the Caribbean, they continue to experience disproportionate barriers when it comes to accessing health information and quality services that respond to their needs. This issue was top of the agenda at the First Caribbean…
22 Oct 2019
Rio de Janeiro, 22 October 2019 (PAHO/WHO)–The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, highlighted the achievements and challenges of vaccine production during the opening of the 20th General Meeting of the Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers Network (DCVMN), today, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. “I see…