PAHO’s director gets top Dominica national award

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne will receive Dominica’s highest national award when the island celebrates its 37th anniversary of political independence from Britain on November 3.

The authorities said that the Dominican-born PAHO director will receive the Dominica Award of Honour, while prominent attorney Anthony Astaphan will receive the Sisserou Award of Honour, the island’s second highest award.

“Dr. Etienne is a globally recognized public health champion and advocate, providing visionary leadership on strategic 21st century health issues and striving to improve access to health care for all peoples, including poor, vulnerable and marginalized populations,” according to a statement released here.

At least 14 nationals will be honoured during the ceremony that will coincide with the Parade of Uniformed Groups on November 3, 2015.

Nine people will receive the Meritorious Service Award. Among them Francis Emanuel, who served as president of the Caribbean Employers Federation between 1995-97 and the economist Mc Carthy Marie, the husband of Dominica singer Ophelia Marie and a former president  of the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies.