Pan American Health Organization

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) "is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system." [1]

"Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina became the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization on January 31, 2003. Dr. Roses, who was elected to a five-year term by the Ministers of Health of the Americas at the Pan American Sanitary Conference September 25, 2002, is the fourth Latin American and the first woman to lead the world's oldest international health agency.

"PAHO’s Deputy Director is Dr. Cristina Beato, formerly of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Assistant Director is Dr. Carissa Etienne, former chief medical officer and head of the national AIDS program of Dominica. Another member of PAHO’s Executive Management team is Michael Boorstein, Director of Administration." [2]



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  1. About, Pan American Health Organization, accessed December 28, 2007.
  2. What is PAHO, Pan American Health Organization, accessed December 28, 2007.