Mirta Roses Periago

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Mirta Roses Periago
Mirta Roses Periago - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011.jpg
Mirta Roses Periago at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2011
Nationality Argentine
Fields Epidemiology
Institutions Pan American Health Organization
Alma mater Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Mirta Roses Periago is an Argentine epidemiologist who served as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) until January 31, 2013.


Roses Periago received a medical degree in 1969 from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and additional qualifications in tropical medicine, public health, and epidemiology at other institutions in Argentina. 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.[1]


Roses Periago took office as director of PAHO on February 1, 2003, for an initial five-year term, the first woman to head the organization as well as the first female Regional Director of the World Health Organization;[2] she was re-elected in 2007.

Roses Periago also serves on the Lancet-O'Neill Institute Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law.[3]

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Roses Periago's many awards include Civil Order of Health (Spain); Order of Health Public, the Order of Marshall Santa Cruz (Armed Forces), the Agricultural Medal of Merit, and the Order of Bolívar the Liberator (Bolivia); Decoration of Merit in Public Health and Honorato Vásquez National Order (Ecuador); José de Marcoleta Order and the Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Order of Freedom (Nicaragua); and Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella (Dominican Republic). In 2003 Konex Foundation from Argentina granted her the Diamond Konex Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Argentina, as the most important Scientific in the last decade in his country.

Honorary degrees[edit]

Roses Periago has been awarded honorary professorships at the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública in Granada, Spain; the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia; the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Ecuador; the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua en León; the Universidad de San Marcos, Peru; and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. She has also received honorary doctorates from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina; the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua en León; the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and the Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic.


  1. ^ Friends of DNDi: Mirta Roses PeriagoDr Mirta Roses Periago Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).
  2. ^ Anon. (2008) Lifeline: Mirta Roses-Periago. Lancet 372: 1725
  3. ^ "Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law". Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law. Gorgetown University. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Structure Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.
  5. ^ Friends of DNDi Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi).
  6. ^ Members of the Board Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  7. ^ Polio Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
  8. ^ Advisory Board Mundo Sano.

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