Dr. Carissa Etienne is elected PAHO Director

Dr. Etiene after she was elected head of PAHO

Dominican Dr. Carissa Etienne will be the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

She was elected today by PAHO Member States during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference.

Dr. Etienne will begin her five-year term on 1 February 2013, replacing Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has been PAHO Director since 2003.

Dr. Etienne is currently Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services, of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Assistant Director of PAHO, WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas.

She holds degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of the West Indies as well as a master’s in community health and an honorary diploma in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In Dominica, she has served as Chief Medical Officer (in 2000-2002 and 1995-1996), Director of Primary Health Care Services, Disaster Coordinator, and National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health.

She also served as Coordinator of the National AIDS Program and as Chairman of the National AIDS Committee. She served twice as Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Hospital and was an Associate Professor at the Ross University School of Medicine.

At WHO, Dr. Etienne led efforts to renew primary health care (PHC) at the global level and to strengthen health systems based on PHC, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems. She promoted policy directions to reduce health inequalities and advance health for all through univesral coverage, people centered care, the integration of health into broader public policies, and inclusive and participatory health leadership. At PAHO, she led the renewal of PHC in the Americas and the development of a regional strategy for implementing PHC-based health systems, including Integrated Health Service Delivery Networks.

PAHO celebrates its 110th anniversary this year and is the world’s oldest international public health organization. It works with all the countries of the hemisphere to improve the health and quality of life of the peoples of the Americas and serves as the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.

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131 Comments

  1. Salvatore Lo Monaco
    August 15, 2014

    Dear Madam, I am writing to notify the serious case that exists in Venezuela to get important health medicines, no medicines hipertesión, for dibéticos or cancer. We need your help to discuss this situation with PAHO and WHO. The problem is that the government does not provide the dollars needed to importing and pharmaceutical companies to supply the market

    I am a journalist and I am concerned about the issue

    greetings

  2. Jahyout
    September 20, 2012

    Congrats to the good Doctor..

  3. Pondera
    September 20, 2012

    Anyone who understands the dynamics of PAHO will undoubtedly be elated that a Dominican Dr who has served in the trenches has be been elevated to the position of DIRECTOR-PAHO. She is an ambassador of unquestionable worth. A true light bearer of the UWI. The faculty of Medical Sciences would be well advise to recognize this Caribbean icon by installing a monument in her honor. Well done Dr Ettiene!!

  4. Peter Carbon
    September 20, 2012

    Cogratulations to Dr. Ettiene. You have made us proud to be Dominicans. Thank God that previous Governments allowed you to serve as a young Doctor.They gave you the opportunity to practice your skills and show your works. Today our young doctors are being replaced by Cubans and Chinese. There will never be another Dr. Ettiene if this policy is allow to continue.

    • bwa kwaieb
      September 20, 2012

      Peter stop your chatter. Dr. Etienne got to where she is today from hard work. Why do you men in Dominica like to take the joys out of female accomplishments? Why do you politicians take people’s individual successes and make it your own? What’s wrong you people? You should be thankful that Dominica has a diverse group of medical professionals. I have no allegiance to Skerritt. You and him are one in the same! Frivolous talk, no substance and always trying to get over on those less informed!

    • Jude Nicholas
      September 21, 2012

      If this is Peter Carbon the former Minister of Agriculture under UWP well this man has guts and no shamme.

      It was the UWP who denied her to be appointed Chief Medical Officer after acting for two years and instead appointed Dr. Nasiro of Nigeri. Man you have no shame.

  5. Anonymous
    September 20, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Ettiene, you have made us proud to be Dominicans. Thanks to the Governments who allow you to serve as a young Doctor. This provided you with the opportunity to develop your skills and show your abilities. Young doctors in Dominica today are being replaced by Cubans and Chinese. Dominica will never produce another Dr. Ettiene in the future under the Regime.

  6. Anonymous
    September 20, 2012

    I WAS THERE

    Congratulations Dr. Etienne you have continued to make us in Dominica,the region and elsewhere proud. Your foundation to reach the position of being the second female Director of PAHO was well laid out and there are so many who contributed to and provided oppotunities so that today Dr. Etienne can make us all feel so proud.
    I have not read any reference made about the visionary gentleman – Sabie(Former Minister of Health and President of the Executive Board of PAHO)who was responsible for influencing the appointment of Dr. Etienne as Assistant Director of PAHO some nine years ago in Washington.Serving as Dr. Mirta Roses’ chief spoke person this genleman’s other mandates were fully accepted and implemented.PAHO Focal Point and increased subvention in countries such as Dominica.The rest is hitory as Dr. Etienne effectively demonstrated her capacity at PAHO, WHO and elsewhere over the years. Weare all proud of you Dr. Etienne

  7. Sorti_desand
    September 20, 2012

    Dr Carissa is now at the helm of a multi national pan-global health organization. She is not a religious leader and cannot do her job through a religious lens. The fact is, the WHO programs must address, and not alienate LGBT individuals if they are to make a dent in the eradication of global pandemics like HIV/AIDS. I just knew that amid the flood of congratulatory messages on here, someone was going to mention that Dr Etienne also previously added her voice to the call for decriminalization of homosexuality in Dominica and you folks did not disappoint.

    This is the exact kind of misguided, religiously propagated attitude that has black people between the ages of 15 – 45 being the fastest growing new HIV infection segment, within the world population. LGBT issues, like everything else in modern society, have to be addressed and discussed by all leaders, medical, civic, religious and otherwise. That discussion must address the decriminalization of activities that people will engage in anyway, thus freeing people up to seek appropriate testing and subsequent care which will then begin to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS within the black diaspora. Relegating this discussion to the shadows does not make it go away. It just ensures that our own ignorance will continue to cause our children to die of HIV/AIDS. Stop this idiotic thinking and celebrate this woman for what she has accomplished!

  8. Dorival John
    September 20, 2012

    I listened to Q95’s newscast on Thursday morning and I am at lost why Dr. Etienne’s accomplishment was not even mentioned. Not a word, not a breath?

    I am wondering why.

    • hmm
      September 20, 2012

      who cares? jeez you people are so preoccupied with stupid politics!

      • Dorival John
        September 20, 2012

        ahahahahaha…..where I mentioned politics there nuh? Look…I listen to call newscast and read all the newspapers, online and hard copy, in Dominica.

        I just find it strange that everyone has this huge story but Q95 doesn’t.

        How is this political? Can you please reiterate because I am baffled.

    • MA
      September 20, 2012

      I agree with you 100%. Q95 doesn’t like progress and development – it’s that simple!

  9. Anonymous
    September 20, 2012

    Young Dominicans, see Dr. Etienne as a role model. Always strive to make your country proud. Even the smallest achievement is a great achievement. Mr. Prime Minister these are the people you need to tap into to help take Dominica to the next level. Remember, “it is amazing what we can achieve as a nation if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman

    • Views Expressed
      September 20, 2012

      Dr. Ettienne would think twice being in the company of this Skerit led adminisration. Please doctor stay away from these people, then disease is cintagiius and yo have enough on your hands now.
      Can you nagine if Dr.Ettienne`s appointment was left in the hands of Skerrit, The AG, Lennox Honeycgurch etc. These people know nothing of due process and would have flaunt and mess about with PAHO`s due process (constitution) to do their business..
      Dr. Ettiene is a geuine legal PAHO head, no questions asked, no doubts and no rush appointment. She will be sworn in February 2013.

      God Bless this distinguished woman of Dominica.

  10. Citizen K
    September 20, 2012

    Congratulations, however, I read that she will be the new Assistant Director, so which is it? please clarify.

    Dr. Carissa F. Etienne
    Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization

    Dr. Carissa F. Etienne is the Pan American Health Organization’s new assistant director. She oversees the organization’s programs for Disease Prevention and Control, Family and Community Health, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, and Technology and Health Services Delivery-PAHO’s core programs for providing technical cooperation to its member countries.

    http://www.paho.org/english/dd/pin/bio_etienne.htm

    ADMIN: http://psc28.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/toast-in-honor-of-dr-etienne-at-paho-headquarters/#more-1498. Read the last line of the post: Dr. Etienne will succeed Dr. Roses Periago as Director on 1 February 2013.

  11. confused
    September 20, 2012

    One of the best doctors Dominican has ever known…such a loving and kind hearted person…she was my childhood physician and always dreamed of emulating her. Also a patriot at heart…heard the story of how she was in school when hurricane David his Dominica, but left to return home to assist in relief efforts. This woman has served Dominica with pride and hope that she will continue with the Lord’s continued guidance into her new post. Keep on making your fellow countrymen proud. God Bless

  12. Hanclartransit
    September 20, 2012

    Congratulations ,Carissa. May God Bless you tremendously on this new journey as Directior General of PAHO.

    With love Hannah, Kobie and Khari

  13. Chinese Immigrant
    September 20, 2012

    Can Mahjhoor Skeritt now use these advanced negotiating skills for the the real deal that will genuinely UNITE the people. Get those international countries to help with an international airport. This is something that every single Dominican can benefit from.

    We now have the bragging rights to Dr. Ettienne being head of the PAHO and that is NICE, however we need something tangible on the ground to balance this huge achievement.

  14. Reggo
    September 19, 2012

    Dr Etienne. you have given the commitment to work on behalf of Dominica and wider afield, to this am very proud of you. God’s guidance be with you as you begin a new chapter in your life. A friend and patient.

  15. Hm!
    September 19, 2012

    This is well deserved. Congrats Dr. Etienne! You are wished God’s Blessings and guidance. We love you and are proud of you and your continued achievements.

  16. Skerro again...
    September 19, 2012

    CONGRATS to DR. CARISSA ETIENNE, and, Thanks to Skerro and Tim Tim and Labour Power :wink:

  17. elated
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations doctor Ettienne

  18. ANNE SAVARIN MARIE
    September 19, 2012

    Well deserved CONGRATULATIONS Dr.Etiene.
    You have made us proud here at home.
    You are a good person to get this high position as you care about people.
    God has blessed you with this gift.

  19. Queen
    September 19, 2012

    Etienne’s doing it once more… Big up!

  20. Family
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Dr. Mum…we are extremely proud of you. May God continue to richly favor you and bless you.

  21. Honorary
    September 19, 2012

    Independence Award in Order Pm for DR For her impactful work at the WHO,note Dr. Etienne led efforts to renew primary health care (PHC) at the global level and to strengthen health systems based on PHC, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems. She promoted policy directions to reduce health inequalities and advance health for all through univesral coverage, people centered care, the integration of health into broader public policies, and inclusive and participatory health leadership. At PAHO, she led the renewal of PHC in the Americas and the development of a regional strategy for implementing PHC-based health systems, including Integrated Health Service Delivery Networks” it is for this and many other Reasons that we the Citizens Call upon the Poweres to bestow Upon Dr Ettiene One of the States Highest Award in this Years Independence

  22. Roseu South
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations!

  23. DOMINICAN
    September 19, 2012

    proud of her but i have a question. is she the doctor who was in support of that gay rights thing when mr fabien was minister of health? if is she i hope she has changed her sentiments on that subject. :lol: :( hope she don t allow world leaders to cause her to take irrational decisions.

    • SharPwell_Catalogue
      September 20, 2012

      I just knew some person would come up with this idiotic statement. Dr Etienne has just been appointed to the helm of an international health management and prevention organization with responsibility for all of the Americas which includes a pan-Caribbean focus. She was not appointed a religious leader. This backward religious way of thinking that we refuse to let go off in Dominica and other parts of the world is what has blacks between the ages of 15 and 45 as the fastest growing group of new HIV infections in the whole world. Dr Etienne was right to call for the de-criminalization and the de-stigmatization of LGBT activity so as to give people the freedom to access testing and other urgent care which will curb the spread of this disease. Burying you head in the sand or relegating LGBT matters as criminal and not discussed will not cause it to go away. It will just continue to cause people in the black diaspora to continue to die unnecessarily of this pandemic.

    • bwa kwaieb
      September 21, 2012

      You should be in support of it too. Do you think you’re a cut above the rest? A true loving god would want you to ostracize, demean and even hate someone because of their sexuality? Really? Then if that’s so there’s no God! Don’t you question anything? Don’t you ask yourself why would a god who claim to have so much love in his heart for everyone would hate a human being supposedly created in his likeness just because that person is gay? God didn’t write the bible. Males did so and all it depicts is a society where those with pricks lead and women well we’re suppose to be bow our heads to loser males. Is that really the words of god all knowing, all loving, just, kind, etc etc? lols I laugh because people use an old book to guide their lives in 2012. I have no doubt that there’s a creator but that bible is nothing but hogwash!

  24. flyboy
    September 19, 2012

    News like these make me proud to be a Dominican a son of the soil. Like I always say we are not looking for any hand outs. All we are asking for, is the tools to do the job. When given the opportunity we go far and beyond our expectations. Congratulations to you Dr. Ettiene(daughter from Massacre) on your appointment to such a pretigious position. You make us all proud especially your mom teacher Miss B. May the good Lord bless and guide you as you take up your rightful place,director of PAHO.Good luck.

  25. FED UP DOMINICAN
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Dr Etienne.

  26. nel
    September 19, 2012

    Congrats Doc! very proud!!

  27. GRANDBAYRIAN
    September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS DR. ETIENNE!!! MY FRIEND, THE LATE JOHN FABIEN WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE YOU. SO I AM DOING SO FOR HIM TOO. YOU MAKE US D/CANS PROUD!

    • Truly
      September 19, 2012

      When I heard the news Hon. John Fabien was the first person that came to mind. He would be SOOOOO PROUD of you today on younewest post! I know he has always been proud of you and held you in very high esteem. This news today would really get him BEAMING! God bless you mam, we wish you a blessed tenure and will be praying you through as you blaze a trail in this new position. We are ALL DOMINICANLY proud of you Dr. Etienne. The God Lord has favored you today, give him praise and glory!!!!!Thank you Jesus…..

    • Malgraysa
      September 20, 2012

      Boy, a miracle wi! Some can now speak for the dead. More wondrous still, they will get no contradiction.

  28. ROSEAU VALLEY
    September 19, 2012

    This is indeed fantastic news especially coming at a time when many Dominicans at home and abroad are depressed from the political news at home.

    On Monday, we were not proud to be Dominicans but today as the PM has indicated we can come together to sing our praises and to express our congratulations.

    We are proud. We, the people can claim the bragging rights in boasting that the head of PAHO is Dominican as much as the PM has claim the bragging rights of the efforts of his gov’t in securing the appointment of Dr. Etienne.

    Dr Etienne’s qualification, experience, skills, character, professionalism and general disposition were never in question throughout this tough period of lobbying and negotiations leading to her appointment, something that we cannot say with respect to our Prime Minister and President.

    Based on her exemplary contribution to Dominica, the Caribbean and the international community, we have every confidence that she shall succeed. She has the overwhelming support of the people of Dominica and the wider Caribbean region.

    Well done Dr. Etienne, we are extremely proud of you and we wish you the very best, aware the numerous challenges that anyone in such a sensitive and high office in the international community will be faced with, which are multiplied a million-fold when that person is female, from a small developing Island state and non-Caucasian. Whether we are prepared to admit it – the latter sentiments real!

    All the best Doc. We love you

    Respectfully
    Roseau Valley

    • Observer
      September 19, 2012

      Of course all of us are proud of her achievements. I know this lady personnaly and i know she can deliver.

      This is the same Dr. Ettienne who worked in the Ministry of Health here between the years 1995-2000. If you speak to her, and she is in the mood, well, she has much to say about being victimization of assumed non-supporters by the political directorate of the day. Please check the dates. I wonder what the then Minister is saying now.

      Dr. Ettienne’s and Eliud Williams’ have atleast two things in common. They are both from the west coast (Massacre and St. Joe) and both of them suffered (victimized, refused opportunities)at the hands of who ???. Ask Eddie and his UWP.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      Will you stop your negativity just for once? Who is the “We” that were not proud on Monday?

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        September 20, 2012

        The many who are convinced that our leadership has hi-jacked our constitution. The majority who believes that an illegal prime minister violated our constitution and in collaboration with the Speaker and the former president installed an unconstitutional president. The many that were shamed on Monday and continue to endure that painful experience.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      Man just say congratulations and then shut up!! Why the long politically-insinuating diatribe? is this all you think about morning, noon and night? You will stiffle wee;granted that you may well have to stomach another 15-20 years of a DLP and possibly Skerrit remaining in power in Dominica, mainly due to the ineptness and stupidity of your power-hungry friends in the opposition. Give it a break man, sackwey toney!!!!!!!

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        September 20, 2012

        I like your passion citizen….But, you know, this is exactly what I said to the PM as I listened to him gloat and pamper his huge ego, failing to contain himself in simply giving praise to the good Dr. He just had to tell the world that this is a product of his good foreign policies etc. As I have explained, I understand that. However, don’t blame me for doing the same, .there is nothing wrong in that .
        As long as you are aware that you will be dead from the misery that you will have to endure for that 15-20 years more of the DLP- enjoy that dream while it last.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 20, 2012

      Dissent and debate are encouraged. Therefore, could one of the thumps downers advise of what is so offensive in the above statement-beside the name Roseau valley?

      • No Name No Warrant
        September 20, 2012

        Get a life dude…when does the politics end for you

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        September 20, 2012

        To the extent that politics is about our life, it does not end but without even a name- you wouldn’t understand that.

        Nameless….But glad that you asked because it was the PM who first injected politics in extending congratulations to the DR. That was exactly my initial reaction upon hearing his statements but then I understood and forgave him. All politicians take credit due to others, especially dictators

    • Well Lookit
      September 20, 2012

      Speak for yourself Pardna,on monday I was proud to be a Dominican to see that the blood thirsty Cabalist’s were ignored except for the paid hooligans who were kept under heavy manners!You have to remember that the silent majority is listening and that they hold more than a 2 to 1 majority.So your multiple comments is only showing you off as a desperate person clinging to a straw which is very soggy,it will soon go to the bottom.

      • ROSEAU VALLEY
        September 20, 2012

        On Monday, you were proud that your constitution was masturbated, prostituted and violated. Shane on you!. What was it you were proud about on Monday?

        Shame on you for referring to your patriotic fellow citizen, who stood up in defense of your constitution as hooligans. You may not have agreed with us but respect us, especially as we are standing up for those of you who unfortunately prefer to remain blindfolded in ignorance and blind partisan support to a dictator.

  29. Sout Man
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to you Dr Etienne!! You have certainly enhanced our prestige as fellow Dominicans. Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services, of WHO and now Director of PAHO, is no small feat.

    UWI has, and continues to produce top class intellectuals. We must always strive to cherish our own. That’s why we must give the CCJ a chance to succeed. Our people must take the reins of our Justice System!!

    PS: How much land should the government donate to Dr Etienne? After all, Carnival Queens and Calypso monarchs ‘get gifts for their short reigns.

    • lost
      September 20, 2012

      now I’m really lost as to how UWI fits into that…regardless where she studied I’m convinced it’s this woman’s dedication to her career and love of country that got her this far and by the grace of God will carry her onwards…so for sure UWI didn’t instill love of country in her…cuz if that was the case all those other uwi doctors that r in d/ca stressing out people and make the system harder for all would have gotten to or surpassed that pinnacle…so please attribute her achievements to her work and commitment and not to a school which is only a mere speck it what she has accomplished

    • John Paul
      September 21, 2012

      Well Maybe She owes the Government alot of taxes and they can quid pro quo(Call it even).Ask the Audit department about it

  30. bwa kwaieb
    September 19, 2012

    I never doubted for a minute that she’d get the post. BTW, Dominican women are tops over males in this country. It’s time we take over the reigns of leadership in our country. It’s time women in Dominica ignore al those good for nothing men in DA that don’t respect them. Stop being breeding machines for these unworthy men. Dominican women are so strong . We were born with a purpose and it’s such a shame to see so many women with the potential for being like DR.Etienne lead to procreating instead of leadership roles. Just wanted to get that off my chest. :wink:

  31. Hungry
    September 19, 2012

    This doctot is a great example for our young ladies to follow.
    They can cleay see they can aspire to greatness like this doctor.
    Our young girls in Dominica need to learn to focus on their education and future and Not be distracted by bling and men who use and abuse them. Do not be tempted to steal Anything either.
    Ladies we can do this! U can get all the bling u desire but
    U have to work hard for it. The future is yours. Don’t mess up yourself and ur dreams. Dream big and aim high!
    Congrats doctor Etiene! Dominica is proud.

    • Hungry
      September 19, 2012

      Sorry about typos….typing on cell 8-O :cry:

  32. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    Is that Tim in far back lips pursed and 4 eyes? :lol:

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 20, 2012

      You are good. It does look like Tim in the background. This explains why he was absent from the vote of the new president on Monday. Remember the government should have had 26 votes but the president was elected with 21 votes. It would be interested to know what happened to the other votes.

  33. V20
    September 19, 2012

    I Just love this lady. She was more than just a family Doctor when I use to visit her office on cocks street opposite the bus stop. We’re so glad for you Dr. Etienne. Thanks for all your medical advice, support and encouragement to my family and many Dominican during your practice at home. As a Dominica we know you will do an excellent job in your new appointment.

    • Malgraysa
      September 20, 2012

      Always knew that we had plenty of cocks and pleased to learn Roseau now has a street “Cocks street” to honour those roosters. Plenty of crowing going on in the place.

  34. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    Congrats Dr. Etienne, so proud of you. Wish you God’s blessings and guidance.

  35. waitukubuli-original
    September 19, 2012

    To the young people reading this – Dominican or not – Do you see what you can achieve and how high you can reach when you take your education seriously?

    Dr. Etienne is a great example and she should be your inspiration. Boyfriend and girlfriend will come later, focus on your education goals and find a good mentor who will guide you there.

    • A Voice
      September 19, 2012

      I support you 100%. Best post there so far.

    • September 19, 2012

      @Waitukubuli–Original

      You advice is a good one to our young people, but I noticed that Doctor Eteinne maintains a deep reverence for God–even to speak that reverence openly in the latest article above. That is the founding reason for her achievement.

      That is the first principle that our young people of today has to understand and embrace; that principle is: “Without putting God first on our list all day long–we either achieve nothing or our achievement is still vanity, and vanity is always short lived.

      God designed our way of Life, that we might give Him the glory, first and foremost–long before we came into existence. Otherwise we simply exist through the mess of toil and strife of this world, until our days of existence come to end.

  36. Conscience
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Doc and may God continue to bless & guide you in your endeavours

  37. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 19, 2012

    Skerrit made her get it, if not for him she would never get it.

    • titre002
      September 20, 2012

      Congratulations Dr Etienne. We are truly proud of you. We knew from your intellect, your demeanor, and your people skills, that you would achieve great things. You make Dcans and all West Indians proud.

  38. flyboy
    September 19, 2012

    News like these really make me proud to be a Dominican. Like I always say we are not looking for any hand outs. All we need is the tools and we will use them to our advantage. Congratualations Dr. Ettienne(daughter from Massacre) your mom teacher Miss B. must be proud of your accomplishments. Look forward in hearing great things when you take up your throne. Well done.

  39. Doc, Love
    September 19, 2012

    It is unbievelable that Skerrit is taking credit for the appointment of Dr. Etienne.The man claims that because of his foreign policy Dr. Etienne received the appointment.It would appear that Dr. Ettiene’s educational qualification and experience gave no credence to getting the post.Because Skerrit wrote to Caricum etc for their support,cannot be all inorder to get such a post. Skerrit is asking Dominicans to come together and enjoy that great achievement,but he went ahead and mess up the joy when one listens to his address to the nation.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      If you only understood the process for getting Dr Etienne elected you wouldn’t open your silly mouth and utter such comments. Was she the ONLY qualified person among the field with relevant experience???

      Then again you I shouldn’t expect better anyway from you partisan blue idiots!!!!

    • anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      Doc, love u don’t seem to understand what is going on diplomatic politics played a major part. Ask people close to the Doc.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 19, 2012

      Doc Love, actually that is a very good observation but the supporters of Mr. Skerrit are so partisan that they cannot stand truth and are offended by it.

      Actually, it should not be unbelievable that Skerrit is taking credit for the appointment of Dr. Etienne. This is what politicians do. They always blow their own trumpet, take cheap shots and they know how to milk the cow.

      Of Course, we know better and Dr. Etienne is where she is largely because of her qualifications, experience and personality etc.

      However, truth be told, at that level qualifications and experience will only take you that far. A lot has to do with political lobbying and yes, you need to have the support of your government, its economic and political groupings and the foreign relations machinery.

      Therefore, let’s allow my Skerrit to steal the spotlight as all dictators do. As far as Skerrit is concerned had it not been for him, Dr Etienne would not be where she is today—and there is some truth in this.

      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

  40. No Name No Warrant
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulation Dr Ettiene, you are very deserving of the position.

    It also shows that Dominica has gotten the respect and admiration out there and I think that says alot about we as a people.

  41. happy
    September 19, 2012

    That’s my aunt..congrats!There is always gonna be some person which there silly comments buy hey thanks for puting DOMINICA on the map.

  42. kim
    September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS WELL DESERVED WITH GODS GUIDANCE YOU SHALL BE SUCCESSFUL

  43. undetected drone
    September 19, 2012

    once again prime minister roosevelt skerrit has proven that he has the respect of the international community. his hard work in terms of ensuring our foreign policy is reaping good results. dr ettiene will do us proud and i know her work is undisputed globally. prime minister you have once again you have risen to the challenge and shown you are a champion for the cause of the poor. all the best and jah’s blessings dr. ettiene. prime minister keep forging ahead. your rewards will come some time in the future.

  44. faceup
    September 19, 2012

    D.A, D.C, M.D CONEXTION, CONGRAT’S Dr,WE WILL ALWAY’S LOVE YOU !!

  45. Gingy
    September 19, 2012

    Congrats Dr. Etienne!!

  46. beholder
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Dr. Etiene. You are a shining example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

  47. gat tah wass
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulation my doc, we have done it. May God bless and guide you during your tenure.

  48. cathy
    September 19, 2012

    congratulations!!!!! well done feelng proud about u.

  49. Maryland USA MCL
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Etienne, I am so proud to be a DOMINICAN living in Washington DC, PM your hard work will always be remembered.

  50. jojo
    September 19, 2012

    Dominicans & Dominica is moving,just stay there and talk talk talk.

  51. la fean hungry
    September 19, 2012

    while i well hungry there u telling me de doc post is breaking news 4 me DNO leave me alone eh

    • nim
      September 19, 2012

      yeah you hungry for bad news.

    • beholder
      September 19, 2012

      If you can’t be glad for the success of a fellow Dominican—you well earn your poverty eh.

    • virgo
      September 19, 2012

      You should eat, before you read the news on DNO jealousy don’t look good on you.

    • bwa kwaieb
      September 19, 2012

      You hungry cause you failed yourself! This is a successful Dominican woman who deserves nothing but the outmost respect. She doesn’t need your validation because as you can see an organization of caliber has validated her years of work. Ti Ti wee like you could never walk in her shoes. Get off DNO and go and look for work for you to do.

      • la fean hungry
        September 19, 2012

        bwa kwaieb dont be so rude dont sweat the small stuff pressure does frow people down fast

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 19, 2012

      Admin,

      Don’t you have an option of simply not publishing these comments? The moment you identify a comment as hidden because of law ratings, the more people will be drawn to read it.

      I know you have the option not to publish as you have failed to publish my comments in the past…use that option instead.

      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

  52. **
    September 19, 2012

    Thereafter you will become Dominica’s first woman President!!! Wow such an achievement makes us all proud.

    Fellow Citizens let us honor Dr. Etienne with our Country’s highest award of honor!!! Well deserved award come this year’s Independence Celebtration.

  53. Out of the Box
    September 19, 2012

    Thereafter you will become Dominica’s first woman President!!! Wow such an achievement makes us all proud.

    Fellow Citizens let us honor Dr. Etienne with our Country’s highest award of honor!!! Well deserved award come this year’s Independence Celebration.

  54. September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS! May God give you the wisdom,vision, patience and grace to undertake the task ahead.

    • M. J.ohn
      September 19, 2012

      Well deserved. Let us continue to hold Dr. Etienne and her family up in prayer. She loves the Lord and will do her best to make a difference in the lives of countries, people and the world. We give God all the glory.

  55. Congrats
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to this fellow Dominican!!!! See… we can do it! We smart, we know it, we just have to be focused and SHOW IT!!! God Bless Dominica and all those associated with us. We are truly blessed that is why forces will try to have us untidy! :mrgreen: :lol: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  56. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr Etienne and her family and also to the government of Dominica for pushing so hard for her candidacy.

  57. September 19, 2012

    You have made us so proud, may God continue to guide you and your efforts. Well done

  58. Yeaaaa
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Etienne! And hats off to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who worked hard to make this happen by lobbying with his collegue Heads across the region!!

  59. trute
    September 19, 2012

    Congrats! She was my doc too. :)

  60. T mama
    September 19, 2012

    Great !!!!! congrats doc, you deserve all the blessings you receive….continue with your good works…

  61. Good-to-go
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Dr. Etienne. You deserve it!!
    :wink:

  62. citizen in nj
    September 19, 2012

    ok so that is breaking news please

    • nim
      September 19, 2012

      HATERS ALERT!sound like you jealous.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      You must be a member of one of those ‘pea brain’ crew we have here who are only concerned about the negative, stirring up trouble and bringing people down. I feel sorry for you and the likes of you!!!!!!!

    • Scholar
      September 19, 2012

      Citizen in nj – really really. If it was some ‘bad’ news bringing down someone character you would appreciate it status as breaking news – but not this. Crab in a Barrel

    • OOOOOOOOOOOhh
      September 19, 2012

      What you want to be breaking news? Some death, accident or political foolishness? This is big time news…..guess you are not educated as to what is PAHO and to think how great it is that a Dominican is the Director…get informed on matters of the world and not just Labour and UWP marcakwe on talk shows.

    • lol
      September 19, 2012

      Breaking news for you in NJ:

      US flag being burnt around the world. Hope you proud of that but holding your Dominican passport close by :lol: :lol:

    • bwa kwaieb
      September 19, 2012

      I bet you don’t have achievements comparable to Dr. Etienne! You sitting in crime ridden Jersey behind a computer just to cry down an accomplished professional. Of course it’s news but how would you know that when you sit down in jersey ghettos? Try that stuff some where else please! You’re out of Dr.Etienne’s league!

    • DOMINICA
      September 20, 2012

      Shame on you.
      You do not know that is a great big news?
      Please listen to news and read more so that you can know things are very important in life.

  63. Dr. Lee
    September 19, 2012

    Irie vibes. Congrats doc.

  64. Dominican/Montreal
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulation to you Dr Etienne, May the Almighty continue TO guard and bless you

  65. hmm
    September 19, 2012

    My former doc! congrats! quite an achievement.

    • supporter
      September 19, 2012

      yes this was my doc too. so proud of u and more so with great news like that i feel proud to be a Dominican

  66. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    wow, wow, I’m so proud of you doc, congrats!!!!! way to go

  67. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Dr. Etienne. You make us proud to be from Dominica. God bless you.

  68. no mercy
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulaions Dr. We are soooooo proud of you.wayyyy to go.

  69. Nature Boy
    September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS to another Dominican daughter of the soil. I wish here well in her tenure and hope that all plans and policies initiated will be implemented.

  70. Music
    September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSS!! PROUD OF YOU.

  71. virgo
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations Doc!

  72. Proud!
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to the good Doctor!

  73. Patriotism
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulation Dr. Etienne , you made Dominica proud, success in you new post

  74. Jude Nicholas
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations to the Good Doctor. Well Done Skerrit CARICOM and ALBA was on your side.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2012

      congratulations to the doc. It was hard work,prayer
      family,friends and government support.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 20, 2012

      I hear you Jude! You may be correct but what seems to be okay for you and Mr. Skerrit, I am condemned for it. You are allowed to give praise to Skerrit all the time and for everything but if one were to criticize Skerrit for sucking up the praise due to Dr. Etienne – you and your crew get red. Objectivity, honesty and fairness are not your forte

  75. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    WOW Dr. Ettienne that is an achievement !!!!!!!!! Congratulations to you and to your family. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

  76. waitukubuli-original
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations!

  77. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012

    WOW! That is first class! Congratulations!

  78. September 19, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Etienne on this wonderful achievement. You have made your family, community of St.Paul and Dominica very, very proud. I wish you God’s blessings and guidance in your new role.Dominica knows you are quite capable and will perform excellently.

  79. A Voice
    September 19, 2012

    Wow! Congratulations to Dr. Ettiene. I knew you would have got the post.

    I can personally attest that she is a very good doctor and she will do well in her new job.

    Big up for Dominica…

  80. Lol
    September 19, 2012

    Thank God for Roosevelt S

    • say sa meme
      September 19, 2012

      Thank God for Dr. Ettiene’s education and academic achievements, experience, credentials, professionalism, and all the other required qualifications to be in the running for this position.

  81. Allan
    September 19, 2012

    Well done we new you could do it!

    God bless and your family.

  82. Pawol
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations

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