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

17 Mar 2021
PAHO Director reports 728,000 doses will be delivered to five countries in the Americas in coming days. Washington, D.C., March 17, 2021 (PAHO) – Deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines are picking up speed across the Americas as more countries prepare for the imminent arrival of doses procured through COVAX, the global mechanism for equitable…
10 Mar 2021
“Nearly 2.3 million COVAX doses will arrive in at least seven countries in our region in the next days and weeks.”  Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021 (PAHO) – PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcomed the expansion of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas and reported that PAHO is working closely with member countries to “…
8 Mar 2021
“We need women not only on the frontlines but also in leadership.” Washington, D.C., 8 March 2021 (PAHO)—Marking International Women’s Day, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Carissa F. Etienne today said that women are “on the frontlines” of the fight against COVID-19 but underrepresented in global and national health…
3 Mar 2021
Equitable access to vaccines in the Americas “must be a global priority.” Washington, D.C., March 3, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne called attention to rising cases of COVID-19 in the northern Amazon basin “that demands a swift response.” “In Peru’s Amazonian state of Loreto, every ICU bed is…
23 Feb 2021
PAHO delivers eight-point “call to action” during high-level health ministers conference to advance digitization Washington, D.C. February 23, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today called on health ministers and officials in the Americas to work toward eight principles in the digital transformation…
17 Feb 2021
Countries should “act quickly, be ready, and save lives.” The Director also reports declining COVID-19 cases and deaths Washington, D.C., February 17, 2021 (PAHO) With COVAX delivery of new vaccines expected soon in the Americas, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne called for overcoming barriers to ensure “fair and…
10 Feb 2021
“PAHO’s surveillance network is keeping a close watch on today’s variants of concern.” Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne said the COVID-19 vaccines soon to be available from COVAX in the Americas are still recommended for the region, despite new variants of the SARS-CoV-…
3 Feb 2021
Washington, D.C., February 3, 2021 (PAHO) — PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that the health, social and economic effects of COVID-19 are disproportionately impacting women and called for heightened attention to the pandemic’s gender disparities. To overcome this pandemic, countries must recognize and respond to the gender dynamics…
13 Jan 2021
‘If we remain diligent, we have the power to control this virus; if we relax, make no mistake: 2021 could well be far worse than 2020’ Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 (PAHO)— The appearance of new variants of the COVID-19 virus in several countries of the Americas, combined with an acceleration in the virus’s spread in virtually every country…