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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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8 Jun 2022
Los Angeles, 8 June 2022 – At an event bringing together US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Health from the region, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, called for greater spending in health in the aftermath of COVID-19. “Never before has the case for…
1 Jun 2022
Health system preparedness is key, whether in response to COVID-19, extreme weather events or influenza. Washington D.C. 1 June 2022 (PAHO) – As countries of the Americas experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases for the sixth week running, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne, has called for…
27 May 2022
Geneva, Switzerland, May 27, 2022- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, said today that the deficit in the health workforce in the Americas reaches 600,000 professionals, something that affects access to care, especially for those in rural and underserved areas of the region. During the deliberations of…
25 Apr 2022
2.7 million children in the Americas did not receive the vaccines needed to keep them healthy in 2020, while around 230 million people have still not received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the region Roseau, Dominica, 25 April 2022 (PAHO) – In 2020, 2.7 million children in the Americas did not receive the essential vaccines needed to keep…
20 Apr 2022
But while some countries of the region have the highest coverage in the world, others lag behind. Washington D.C. 20 April 2022 (PAHO) – Over two-thirds of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have now received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine while some countries have yet to reach even half of their populations, said the Pan American Health…
7 Apr 2022
Washington, D.C., April 7, 2021 (PAHO) - After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of lives lost to the virus, Pan American Health Organization Director (PAHO) Carissa F. Etienne, marked World Health Day by calling for the urgent protection of the environment and highlighted how the health of the planet is linked to our own. “The so-…
6 Apr 2022
Vaccination campaigns must focus on protecting the most vulnerable. Washington D.C. 6 April 2022 (PAHO) – As cases of COVID-19 surge in Europe and East Asia due to Omicron BA.2, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne has urged countries to remain vigilant and urgently close vaccination gaps. While COVID cases…
24 Mar 2022
Washington D.C. 24 March 2022 (PAHO) – In the run-up to this year’s Summit of the Americas, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has called on countries to urgently invest in health systems that are “inclusive, comprehensive and responsive,” to mitigate the impact of pandemics and other health…
2 Mar 2022
In the Americas, over 365,000 pregnant women got COVID-19 and more than 3000 died. Ahead of International Women’s Day, PAHO Director urges countries to invest in improving access to vaccines and essential care for women and girls. Washington D.C. 2 March 2022 (PAHO) – A lack of access to timely care and disruptions to prenatal services are to…