LAC Main Seminar Series: Regional Approaches to the Pandemic in the Americas

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Convener: Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Speaker: Carissa F. Etienne, Director, Pan American Health Organization


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Dr Carissa F. Etienne was elected by the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization [PAHO], Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), for a second term as Director, during the Twenty-Ninth Pan American Sanitary Conference in 2017. She commenced her second five-year term on 1 February 2018.

Dr Etienne has been a lifelong champion and crusader for Primary Health Care [PHC] as a driver for equity in health and development. She is a strong advocate in this priority area for health systems given her first-hand managerial experience in a PHC-based health system in Dominica, as well as her work on the renewal of PHC at PAHO [2005] and thereafter as an Assistant Director General (ADG) at WHO.

From March 2008 until 1 November 2012, Dr Etienne served as ADG for Health Systems and Services at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, as Assistant Director of PAHO from July 2003 to February 2008, she led five technical areas: Health Systems and Services; Technology, Health Care and Research; Health Surveillance and Disease Management; Family and Community Health; and Sustainable Development and Environmental Health.

A native of Dominica, Dr Etienne received her medical degree [Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery- MBBS] from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and her Master of Science Degree [MSc] in Community Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom.