Dr Mirta Roses Periago
Senior Advisor in Global Health, Latin American and Caribbean Global Fund Board
Supporter of the Chagas Coalition
Former Director of PAHO
Dr Mirta Roses Periago earned her MD from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, in 1969, completing her specialization in tropical medicine at the Universidade Federal de Bahia, Brazil, in 1971. Her graduate studies also include a diploma in public health (1974) and a specialization in epidemiology (1982) at the Escuela de Salud Pública in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as the specialist degree in clinical medicine and epidemiology of infectious diseases at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in 1976.
From 2003 to 2013, she was Director of PAHO. She was the first woman to head the world’s oldest international health organization.
Prior to assuming this office, she served two terms as Assistant Director of PAHO (1995-2003) being responsible for the direct supervision of all PAHO/WHO Representative Offices in the Americas, forming part of WHO’s Directors of Programme Management Group (DPM) and the Global Programme Management Group (GPMG).
She also served for seven years as PAHO/WHO Representative in the Dominican Republic (1988-1992) and in Bolivia (1992-1995), developing technical cooperation programs and gaining vast and successful experience in putting public health at the center of development priorities.
Her international professional experience includes her work both as coordinator of the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) in Trinidad and Tobago (1984-1986), where she provided service to all the Caribbean countries, and as an epidemiologist in the Dominican Republic (1986-1987).
Currently, Dr Roses Periago is senior advisor in Global Health – Latin American and Caribbean Global Fund Board.