Ms Elizabeth Iro

Ms Elizabeth Iro

Chief Nursing Officer

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Mrs Elizabeth Iro is the World Health Organisation Chief Nursing Officer. She commenced in this role in January 2018 and is a member of the  WHO Headquarters leadership team.

Mrs Iro is from the  Cook Islands, she has served as the country’s Secretary of Health since 2012- 2017. In this role, she has implemented legislative reforms to strengthen the country’s health system and developed the National Health Strategic plans (2012-2016, 2017-2021)and a National Health Road Map 2017-2036, among other National policy and strategic documents. She was the first nurse and woman to be appointed in this role in the Cook Islands.

Mrs Iro was trained as a nurse and a midwife in New Zealand and holds a MHSc in Nursing and a MBA. She has over 30 years’ experience in clinical and public health nursing. She held various nursing roles such as Chief Nursing Officer (2011-2012), Registrar of the Nursing Council (2000-2007) as well was the President of the Cook Islands Nurses Association (2002-2010).