Minister De Weever welcomes Paho-director Carissa Etienne

POSTED: 09/25/12 2:01 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever welcomed Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica, the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization Paho.

“As a newly born associate member of Paho, we the country of Sint Maarten, hereby want to express our sincere congratulations to the newly elected Paho-director Dr. Carissa Etienne. We welcome her with a warm heart, and wish her success in the new position,” De Weever said yesterday.

The new director will start her five-year term on February 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has been in the position since 2003.

Dr. Etienne is currently assistant director general health systems and services of the World Health Organization WHO in Geneva. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Paho’s assistant director in the WHO’s regional office for the Americas.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Etienne said she looked forward to working for the countries of the Americas, which have achieved many advances in health and development, but which also face many challenges. In thanking the ministers of health of Paho member countries for electing her, Dr. Etienne pledged to build on the rich tradition of Pan Americanism.

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