Francisco Becerra Posada

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Francisco Becerra Posada, a Mexican researcher, is the Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization.[1] He has been an advocate for the strengthening of health research and for the use of research for decision making by politicians and donors,[2][3] with a focus on Latin American countries.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Becerra Posada has a doctorate in public health from the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, a master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (US) and studied medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

He worked as a Head of Projects and Programmes at the Council on Health Research for Development. He was also Director General of Health Services of Morelos, Mexico and Director General of Federal Hospitals of Mexico's Secretariat of Health. He wrote many articles on public health and research and contributed to several scientific magazines[5]

As PAHO's Assistant Director he is responsible for the supervision of programs that provide cooperation in public health to the 35 Member States of PAHO, the world's oldest international public health agency.[6] PAHO also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization.


  1. ^ "Mexican Researcher Francisco Becerra Posada Is PAHO’s New Assistant Director". PAHO. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Defining Research to Improve Health Systems". PLOS. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Use of research to inform public policymaking". The Lancet. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "National health research systems in Latin America: a 14-country review" (PDF). Pan Am J Public Health. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Featured publications". ResearchGate. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Key Facts About PAHO". PAHO. November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.