Mexico will promote candidacy for the PAHO Executive Committee and will continue its participation in the governing bodies of PAHO and WHO

Official visit of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne

Mexico City. January 15, 2019. - PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and her technical team met this morning with Mexico's Health Secretary, Dr. Jorge Alcocer Varela, at theMinistry of Health headquarters to confirms PAHO’s commitment to continue collaborating with Mexico to ensure the health of Mexicans and all the peoples of the Americas.

"PAHO will find that the Ministry of Health is a friendly institution that promotes  a new approach to health based on the principles of Mexican foreign policy, particularly regarding international cooperation for development. Based on our relationship of trust and mutual respect, I would like to express to Dr. Etienne the commitment of the Ministry of Health to continue Mexico's participation in the governing bodies of PAHO and WHO. We also express our desire to promote Mexico’s candidacy for the PAHO Executive Committee , for which I would appreciate your valuable collaboration in providing the necessary support to complete this assignment, a request that I also extend to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "said Dr. Alcocer.

Dr. Etienne also expressed that it is a privilege for her to be received in Mexico in such an early stage of the administration. “ I am very excited about the policies based on primary health care and human rights that the president has announced. I also want to congratulate you on your approach to migrants in Mexico, which demonstrates solidarity and is an example to follow,” she added.

"...reducing inequality and ensuring that people and their rights are at the center of public policy is fundamental"

"It is in our best interest to participate in regional cooperation efforts in health, transforming Mexico into a health promoter,” said Dr. Alcocer. He also invited Dr. Etienne to “support national efforts, which coincide with the values and principles of equity, excellence, solidarity, respect and Pan-Americanism of PAHO.”

Dr. Etienne will be in Mexico until Wednesday, January 16, and hopes to meet with national authorities to ensure the continuity of technical cooperation in the country and the region. "For me, reducing inequality and ensuring that people and their rights are at the center of public policy is fundamental,” she concluded.

Official visit of Dr. Etienne to Mexico