PAHO Director Reveals Caribbean’s Top Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the Dominican-born director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has identified what she regards the top health priorities for the Americas, including the Caribbean, for the next five years.

EtienneDuring a recent briefing here with Caribbean and other diplomats and staff at the Permanent Council of the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Etienne said advancing universal health coverage and universal access to health in the region will be the top priority during that period.

She said PAHO will also place priority in eliminating several communicable diseases and reducing deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25 percent by the year 2025.

Dr. Etienne’s remarks came during her presentation of a “key accountability report” that covers the period 2013-2017. She said PAHO will promote “a renewed focus on equitable health for all women and children, ethnic groups, indigenous populations, and people living in conditions of vulnerability.”

Dr. Etienne said PAHO is also seeking to increase the number of countries certifying the elimination of malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, and will work toward elimination of HIV transmission in the Americas as a whole by 2030.

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