Patricia Velez-Moller 2021 Candidate

atricia’s biography

My name is Patricia, I am 63 years old and I am a hepatitis C survivor.

I am a physician with a master’s in public health (MPH) and postgraduate studies in microbiology. My job for more than 30 years is as faculty at Medical School of Universidad de san Carlos de Guatemala.

Since my diagnosis in 1995, I have used my knowledge and experience as a physician, teacher and patient to fight against unawareness and stigma surrounding hepatitis and I have tried to contribute to a better quality of life for those affected by viral hepatitis.

In 1996, one year after my diagnosis, I co-founded the Guatemalan Liver Association and was its President during various periods, I am Vice-President now.

At country level I am collaborating on the elaboration of he first National hepatitis guidelines to be published soon. I am the Representative of Academy for the National Viral Hepatitis Task Force. I have collaborated with the Ministry of Health on Antiretrovirals Guidelines development, and coordinating campaigns of voluntary blood donation, vaccination and HIV testing.

At international level I participated in the Hepatitis technical Advisor Committee of PAHO/WHO; I was WHA’s Regional Advisor for The Americas and I am the PAHO regional board member.

With the Medical Association I have participated in continuing education to medical professionals and organizing a national congress. With the government in development of the National Biosafety Policy I have been a consultant to PAHO/WHO and other entities.

Patricia’s personal statement

I want to keep contributing to WHA’s activities from the post of PAHO regional board member. I am feeling identified and committed to its goals, objectives and priorities in the fight against viral hepatitis.

I am trusted that I can do it because I have the experience with the duties and responsibilities required.

I can commit to act in good faith and look after the interests of the WHA and the members of my region.

I have participated in board sessions, attended the two World Summits, and led regional meetings, so it would not be difficult for me to continue doing those and similar activities.

And last, but not least, I am supported by many countries of the PAHO region of WHA.