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Kudos for PAHO director

Dr. Carissa Etienne (left) receiving a gift from Priscilla Prevost in recognition of her appointment to the position of PAHO director.

Dr. Carissa Etienne (left) receiving a gift from Priscilla Prevost in recognition of her appointment to the position of PAHO director.

Dr. Carissa Etienne has been warmly congratulated on her appointment as Director of the Pan American Health Organisation.

The “good wishes” were recently expressed by the directors, staff, volunteers and member organisations of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.

Health Coordinator of the Eastern Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, Priscilla Prevost, a long-standing HCC member, last month congratulated newly installed PAHO director and fellow Dominican on the occasion of Etienne’s inauguration as director.

In doing so, Prevost, who attended the inauguration in Washington DC as the official representative of the HCC, presented Etienne with a copy of the HCC “Civil Society Strategic Plan of Action for Prevention & Control of NCDs for countries of the Caribbean Community, 2012- 2016” and delivered a personal congratulatory note from President of HCC, Professor Trevor Hassell to Etienne on behalf of the HCC.

In a recent statement HCC said: “In June 2012, the HCC entered into official relations with PAHO and have as our joint mandate the strengthening of civil society capacity to respond to priority areas in chronic non-communicable disease programming including anti-tobacco activities, cervical cancer advocacy and health initiatives utilising mobile phones.

“The HCC looks forward to working closely with PAHO in the region as the key link between PAHO and a strong, unified civil society that will work collaboratively to advance the NCD agenda.

“The HCC is particularly proud of Dr. Etienne’s appointment given her Caribbean heritage. In her native Dominica, Dr. Etienne served as Coordinator of the National AIDS Programme, Disaster Coordinator for the Ministry of Health, Chair of the National Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, and Director of Primary Health Care Services, among others, before assuming several international appointments.”

The new director has pledged to work in close partnership with PAHO member countries to extend the benefits of health progress to all people in the Americas. Etienne said her highest priority will be “accelerating progress toward universal access to quality health care”.

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