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

26 Jan 2022
Millions miss out on routine care, including vaccination. Educational crisis also impacts their social, mental, and physical wellbeing. Washington D.C. January 26 (PAHO) – As the COVID-19 outbreak reaches its third year in the Americas, millions of children are missing out on routine vaccinations, putting countries at risk of losing two decades…
19 Jan 2022
As infections surge, testing should be expanded to alleviate pressure on hospitals. Those without symptoms should quarantine and follow public health measures. Washington D.C. 19 January 2022 (PAHO) – With COVID-19 surging throughout the Americas and demand for diagnostics higher than ever, the Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F…
8 Dec 2021
With the Omicron variant detected in six countries in the region and many countries yet to reach 40% vaccination target, PAHO’s Revolving Fund will be key to ensure vaccines for all Washington D.C., 8 December 2021 (PAHO/WHO) – With 20 countries yet to reach the WHO’s year-end vaccination target of 40%, and the Omicron variant now detected in…
1 Dec 2021
Vaccine inequity is “prolonging the COVID crisis,” says PAHO Director Washington D.C. 1 December 2021 (PAHO) – While experts work to better understand the new WHO-designated “variant of concern,” Omicron, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne, called for increased vaccination and public health measures to ensure…
24 Nov 2021
Vaccination and continued public health measures crucial given spikes in Europe and approaching holiday season. Washington D.C. 24 November 2021 (PAHO) – With Europe seeing record spikes in COVID-19 infections and cases rising by 23% in the Americas over the past week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned…
17 Nov 2021
Ivermectin and Chloroquine among drugs proven ineffective against COVID-19. PAHO calls for responsible use of antimicrobials to prevent further spread of resistance. Washington D.C., November 17, 2021 (PAHO) – Countries in the Americas are reporting surges in drug-resistant infections that are likely due to the unprecedented misuse of…
6 Oct 2021
In the weekly update on the COVID-19 situation in the Americas, PAHO Director urged countries to prepare for the next pandemic by addressing health threats arising from the connection between humans, animals, and the environment. Washington, D.C. October 6, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne said…
30 Sep 2021
Concerted action needed to accelerate vaccine access, improve manufacturing capacity and increase investment in health, PAHO Director says at Special Meeting of OAS Permanent Council. Washington, D.C. September 30, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today outlined key priorities to end the “most…
29 Sep 2021
The director stressed the need for multiple strategies to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, including expanding on global vaccine production “by leveraging the expertise and capacity of regions like our own.”  Washington, D.C. September 29, 2021 (PAHO)—Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne announced…