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The WHO Appoints New Regional Director for the Americas

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 23 (acn) The Executive Council of the World Health Organization (WHO), now holding its 132nd meeting in Geneva until January 29, appointed Doctor Carissa F. Etienne as the new Regional Director for the Americas of that UN body.

Doctor Etienne, of Dominica, was elected by countries in the Americas during the 28th Pan-American Health Conference held in September, 2012, according to a communique sent to ACN by the PAHO-WHO office in Havana.

The note also highlights that Etienne will begin her five-year term as PAHO director and WHO regional director on February 1st, and will succeed Argentinean Doctor Mirta Roses Periago to the post.

The Regional Office for the Americas has 38 member states.

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