Director's Speeches

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa took office as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Americas on 1 February 2023, pledging to work in partnership with member states to end the pandemic and ensure that the region’s health systems recover stronger than before.

Dr. Barbosa, formerly Assistant Director at PAHO, was sworn in at a ceremony held at the Organization of American States (OAS) on 31 January 2023. PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the inter-American system and Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Barbosa, a national of Brazil, succeeds Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, of Dominica. 

PAHO/WHO Director's Commentaries and Speeches