Director's News

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.


Director's News

15 Sep 2021
PAHO recommends measures to protect children from the pandemic’s indirect and direct effects, as more than 1.9 million children and adolescents reported infected with COVID-19 in 2021. Washington, D.C. September 15, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne said today that COVID-19 has severely impacted the…
8 Sep 2021
More than 270,000 pregnant women have been infected with COVID-19 in the Americas, and more than 2,600 have died from the virus. In Mexico and Colombia, COVID-19 became the leading cause of maternal deaths in 2021. Washington, DC, September 8, 2021 (PAHO) – Warning that COVID-19 represents a serious risk for pregnant women in Latin America and…
25 Aug 2021
Director also reports that PAHO continues to distribute “much-needed medical supplies” in post-earthquake Haiti while the pandemic accelerates in many Central American and Caribbean countries. Washington, D.C., August 25, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne said the severe shortage of COVID-19…
11 Aug 2021
The organization launched a "new opportunity" to help countries procure enough vaccines to control transmission Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021 (PAHO) – Taking action to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccines, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will use its Revolving Fund to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean procure…
11 Aug 2021
Washington, D.C., August 12, 2021 (PAHO)—Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), expressed concern about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Caribbean countries and made a strong appeal to people to get vaccinated. Speaking at her weekly media briefing, Dr. Etienne, who is from Dominica, said, "I am truly very…
4 Aug 2021
Marks “grim pandemic milestone” of two million deaths in the Americas and calls for more vaccines to combat the pandemic. Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2021 (PAHO)— Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne reported that 617,000 indigenous people have been infected with COVID-19 in the Americas and urged countries to…
28 Jul 2021
Director reports that more than 300,000 children have missed routine immunization. PAHO works to help regional countries find new strategies for delivering vital services and care. WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2021 (PAHO) --The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted essential health services in most countries and territories in Latin America and the…
21 Jul 2021
The network coordinated by PAHO has detected the presence of at least one “variant of concern” in 47 countries and territories and all four in 11. PAHO Director says public health measures remain vital and calls for increased vaccine access to fight variants. Washington, D.C. July 21, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director…
21 Jul 2021
Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne told an Organization of American States meeting today, “Together, we must continue protecting the health and well-being of all peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic even while  we recognize the tremendous fiscal, economic,  and social…