Dr Mirta Roses Periago

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Dr Mirta Roses Periago

Dr Mirta Roses Periago, from Argentina, took office as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO Regional Director for the Americas (AMRO) in 2003 and is currently in her second term.

Dr Roses focuses on the following main areas of work:

  • supporting countries in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, making the most vulnerable communities (indigenous people, afro-descendents) visible and listening to their voices;
  • positioning health on the political and development agendas, calling for action on the social and environmental determinants, advocating for inclusive and comprehensive public policies and for increased resources for health to reduce inequities and social exclusion;
  • strengthening the leadership role of the ministries of health and the development of primary health care based systems to address the unfinished agenda of disease elimination, to protect achievements in immunization as a social movement, and to confront the new challenges of NCDs, climate change, aging and urbanization;
  • harnessing the power of information and communication technology to improve health literacy, knowledge sharing, evidence-based policies, horizontal teamwork, strategic networking, internal and external communication, transparency and accountability, innovation and results-based management;
  • promoting collaboration among countries and regions, agencies and sectors, as well as joint programming and partnerships with all those who share and are committed to WHO’s values and mandates to achieve collective goals.