The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has expressed grief over the demise of distinguished Dominican as well as the former Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa F. Etienne.
It is to be noted that, the details about the above mentioned has been shared by the Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, extending condolences over the passing away of Dr Carissa F. Etienne.
Making the significant contributions to the health sector, Dr Carissa F. Etienne was recognized globally. Not just limited to this, but she has been also regarded for bringing honour to Dominica.
Meanwhile, the government of Dominica, on behalf of the people has extended condolences to the bereaved family members and the loved ones.
At the same time, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, while sharing a note on the demise of Dr Carissa F. Etienne, said that, “May we always remember her outstanding contribution and dedication to the management of the Dominica’s Public health sector, and her leadership and strategic guidance of health systems in the Americas.”
Contributions of Dr Carissa F. Etienne to the global health sector
She was elected as the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in September 2012 and was re-elected for the another 5-year tenure in September 2017. Notably, she concluded her 10-year tenure as Director of PAHO on January 31, 2023.
Along with this, Dr Carissa F. Etienne has also served as the Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2008-2013; Assistant Director of PAHO from 2003-2008 and Director of Primary Health Care Services, Ministry of Health, Dominica 1989-2001.
Notably, during her tenure as the Director of Primary Healthcare, Dominica achieved universal coverage for all primary care programs, with immunization coverage rates of over 95%, 90% coverage for parental care and deliveries by trained birth attendants; access to continuous care for chronic non-communicable diseases; nationwide community empowerment and participation and health education integrated into community care.
It is to be hereby added that, she had also served as the Chief Medical Officer, Coordinator of the National HIV/AIDS Programme, National Epidemiologist and Medical Director at the then Princess Margaret Hospital.