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Haitian seeking to replace Etienne as PAHO director

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The election of a new director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will be among the highlights of PAHO’s 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference that got underway here on Monday.

Ministers of health and other high-level representatives from countries and territories of the Americas will meet September 26-30, with the election of a new director to replace Dominica’s Dr Carissa Etienne taking place on Wednesday.

Haiti has named Dr Florence Duperval Guillaume, a former acting prime minister and former minister of public health and population, for the position. She is among six candidates, with the others coming from Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay.

PAHO said the detailed curriculum vitae presented by each candidate and letters of nomination have been sent to PAHO member states, participating states, as well as associate members.

“The conference will elect the director from among the nominated candidates by secret ballot. The candidate who receives the majority of votes from member states will be elected,” it said, adding that in accordance with PAHO’s Constitution, the director will serve a five-year term and may be re-elected once. The elected person will take office on February 1, 2023, and complete his or her term on January 31, 2028.

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