Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, is the Senior Strategy and Planning Advisor of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization in Geneva. She is responsible for providing global strategic leadership on issues relating to health systems responses and health care to ageing populations; and developing relevant policy, standards, interventions and tools
Dr Araujo is a medical doctor with post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology, a master in public health, and diplomas in international health and gerontology. She pursues an integrated interdisciplinary, cross-cutting set of competencies such as policy developing, programme management and planning, research, monitoring and systems thinking. Currently her focus is on health systems for ageing populations, older person centered and integrated care and clinical and policy level interventions to promote healthy ageing
She has worked on community health, policy development, health promotion and primary health care for 20 years, at different levels of service, including more than 10 years with the UN System, on PAHO Washington DC, the International Organization for Migration in Zimbabwe and Geneva, and WHO Geneva.
She also worked in the Latin American, Africa and Asian region for a longer period in various capacities, in Brazil as the coordinator of the State Reproductive Health Programme, and lately as the national coordinator of the Brazilian Maternal Health Programme, in Tanzania and Zimbabwe as national health coordinator in charge of setting up health service delivery systems for primary health care, with emphasis on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.