ASUNCION, Paraguay, Mar 13, CMC – The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation, (PAHO), Dominican-born, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has been awarded the “Grand Cross National Order of merit by Paraguay.
Dr. Etienne, who met with the President Mario Abdo Benítez, earlier this week t o discuss the country’s public health achievements and challenges, as well as PAHO’s technical cooperation regarding these matters, received the award in recognition of her work supporting Paraguay in the improvement of its health system.
The honour was presented by the National Chancellor, Luis Castiglioni.
The National Order of Merit was created by the National Extraordinary Congress in 1865 and is “granted to those worthy of national gratitude for extraordinary and exceptional services rendered to the country”.
Dr. Etienne, who became the first Dominican to head the world health body, said during her discussions in Paraguay “we talked about the challenges with reducing infant mortality, as well as those regarding non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.
“Overcoming these challenges will require collaboration with other sectors. We also discussed PAHO and the Ministry of Health’s plan to work together on country priorities,” she added.
Following the meeting, Dr. Etienne signed an agreement allowing for PAHO to cooperate with the country until 2030.