WHO Board Chooses New Americas Region Director

Dr. Carissa Etienne will start a five-year term on Feb. 1. She has served as the Commonwealth of Dominica's chief medical officer and assistant director of the Pan American Health Organization.

Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization's Executive Board has appointed Dr. Carissa Etienne as the new regional director of WHO's Americas Region. She was nomination by the Regional Committee for the Americas in September 2012 and will begin a five-year term on Feb. 1. Etienne succeeds Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina.

"I believe strongly that good health is rooted in equity, universality, solidarity, and inclusiveness," Etienne said in her acceptance speech, according to a Jan. 22 article posted on the WHO website. "I have learned that Universal Health Coverage is not only the best way to improve the health of every citizen in a country, but that it is entirely feasible."

Etienne is from the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles. She has degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of the West Indies and a master's degree in community health and an honorary diploma in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She served twice as Chief Medical Officer for Dominica (in 2000-2002 and 1995-1996) and director of Primary Health Care Services, disaster coordinator, and national epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health. She was assistant director of the Pan American Health Organization, WHO's Regional Office for the Americas, from 2003 to 2008 and from 2008-2012 was assistant director-general, Health Systems and Services, at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

There are 38 members in the Regional Office for the Americas, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Puerto Rico is an associate member, and Spain and Portugal are Observer States in the region.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz