Ageing and life-course

Islene Araujo de Carvalho, MD MPH

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Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser



  • Health systems realignment towards the needs of older populations
  • Integrated Care for Older People - ICOPE Programme
  • Healthy Ageing clinical research and guidelines

Dr Araujo de Carvalho holds an MD with post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and Diplomas in International Health and Gerontology. Islene has worked, for more than 15 years with the UN System (at national, regional and global levels) on community health, health promotion and primary health care.

She worked in Latin American, Africa and Asia in a varity of capacities. In Brazil, she coordinated a State Reproductive Health Programme, before becoming the National Coordinator of the Brazilian Maternal Health Programme. In Tanzania and Zimbabwe she was the National Health Coordinator in charge of setting up health service delivery systems for primary health care, with an emphasis on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

She joined the Department of Ageing and Life Course in 2013 and leads on WHO's efforts to align health systems to the needs of older people with a focus on older person centered and integrated care. She oversees the development and implementation of relevant policy, clinical standards, interventions and tools. She also supports the translation of research and capacity development in policy and practice with a focus on facilitating its utilization by health professionals in clinical settings.