Brazilian physician Jarbas Barbosa was elected director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the main body for continental cooperation on health issues, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday.
"The result reflects the international recognition of the Unified Health System (SUS) and the implementation of health diplomacy, one of the priorities of the Brazilian government," a Brazilian Foreign Ministry statement said.
Barbosa was elected at the 30th Pan-American Sanitary Conference in Washington, United States.
Barbosa had served as PAHO's deputy director since 2018 and as Brazil's secretary for health surveillance at the Ministry of Health and secretary . . .